Adam Markovitz
July 04, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Illegal Action

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Stella Rimington
publisher
Knopf
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it a B+

When the British spy agency MI5 learns of a murder plot against a Russian billionaire living in London, agent Liz Carlyle unearths an international conspiracy with roots in the Cold War in Stella Rimington’s Illegal Action.

Movie Pitch
Prime Suspect, with scheming ex-KGB agents tossed into the mix.

Last Word
A former director general of MI5 in the ’90s, Rimington fills her brainy page-turner with authentic details and funny glimpses of the mundane realities of intelligence work, including awful hours, bumbling bosses, and department rivalries. Who would’ve thought life as a spy would have almost as much in common with The Office as it does with Mission: Impossible? B+

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