Rimington, Stella - 'Present Danger'
Another fast, action-packed thriller from the the former head of MI5 which tells the story of what happens when her heroine Liz Carlyle is transferred to Belfast. Liz is very surprised by this posting, which occurs because she has got too attached to her immediate boss in MI5 and the senior controllers consider it is better for the Service for them to be separated.
Almost immediately on arrival in Northern Ireland things start to happen to Liz; the wheel of her service car disintegrates whilst she is travelling at a fairish speed in traffic and then a renegade ex-IRA organisation starts to kill people. A lead on this takes Liz out of the country to France and whilst she is away one of her men, Dave, makes a foolish solo effort to check out the renegade Irish group and regrettably disappears from sight.
When Liz returns from France and learns that Dave has gone missing she turns Belfast over trying to locate him. This book is unputdownable until the exciting conclusion is reached almost on the last page.
This is the author's fifth book with the character Liz Carlyle and the second one that I have read. The quality of her writing is still very high and you know that you are going to have a very exciting read with her entertaining stories. The author has denied that the Liz Carlyle character is a an embodiment of a younger version of herself, fictionalised from her own experiences, but the author did work for MI5 in Northern Ireland during her career and it adds an authenticity which is hard to ignore. I will certainly look out for further stories from Stella Rimington.
Terry Halligan, England