Close Call

Close Call

Book - 2014
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The Arab Spring has swept through the Middle East and Liz Carlyle and her compatriots in the Thames House's counter-espionage division are racing to investigate arms deals in Yemen. There's a UN embargo forbidding any member country from supplying arms to either side in the uprisings, but Andy Bokus, head of the CIA's London Station, has evidence that the weapons being smuggled into Yemen are not only being sold to both sides, but are coming from a connection in the UK-a highly embarrassing black mark on the government and, if true, full of disastrous consequences.

British-American cooperation widens as Liz teams up with her old rival Bruno McKay, MI6's Head of Station in Paris, and Isobel Florian of the French domestic service, the DCRI, to trail and trap the elusive weapons dealer. The evidence points to a former French intelligence officer, Antoine Milraud, who leads them all on a mad chase across Europe until investigators witness him passing something to an elegantly dressed, very mysterious man.

When Milraud is caught and informs on his fellow conspirators, Liz finds herself embroiled in a larger, potentially explosive situation that twists all the way back to what she feared most-that the arms are being sold through the UK, and the mysterious man is closer and more capable of brutal violence than she ever could have imagined.

Publisher: New York, New York : Bloomsbury, 2014
ISBN: 9781620406168
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 25 cm.


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Aug 12, 2017

This is the 3rd Stella Rimington novel that I have read - having missed the 1st five she wrote before I even knew she existed. I am now way down the path of being a huge Rimington fan. As I noted in earlier reviews of 2 other books of hers, I appreciate an interesting spy novel full of the nuts and bolts of how an operation runs, without being overly long or detailed in the telling. I also enjoy her novels because they lack the James Bond-like hijinks that too often appear in this genre in their telling. Now I like those too, for entertainment. Reading Rimington is just great storytelling and well developed characters without enormous leaps of faith or jumping over tall buildings in a single bound. Each of the three I have read have a different underlying theme. This one is about the intersection of gun-running and acts of terrorism. I have one more already published book of hers to read, her most recent, and hope by the time I get around to that one, she will already have another out. Great writer and CLOSE CALL is a great read. Enjoy.

Dec 26, 2016

Word reaches Liz Carlyle at MI-5 about arms shipments that may be coming into the UK for use by jihadists in a terror attack. Another page-turner!


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