The Moscow Sleepers
By Stella Rimington,
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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. —