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The Moscow Sleep­ers

By Stella Rim­ing­ton,

Blooms­bury, $32.99

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Com­ing from her il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer as MI5 di­rec­tor gen­eral in the 1990s Stella Rim­ing­ton was uniquely placed to start a new ca­reer as a thriller writer, sim­i­lar I guess to John Le Carre.

The Moscow Sleep­ers isa rip­ping read which leaps from Bri­tain to the States to Ger­many and be­yond as a mys­te­ri­ous op­er­a­tion aimed sup­pos­edly at ed­u­cat­ing young refugees in IT skills. Rim­ing­ton’s char­ac­ter Liz Car­lyle is the lead­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tor charged with find­ing out the se­cret in­ten­tions of the shady char­ac­ters be­hind this ini­tia­tive. It takes a huge ef­fort and the in­ge­nu­ity of both Car­lyle, her Bri­tish col­leagues and her Amer­i­can coun­ter­parts to fi­nally nail what turns out to be an am­bi­tious Rus­sian plot to gain con­trol of key West­ern com­puter sys­tems.

Rim­ing­ton’s char­ac­ter Car­lyle is clever, per­son­able, some­what flawed emo­tion­ally but comes across as real and lays down the ba­sis for an ex­cel­lent read in The Moscow Sleep­ers. —

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