Liz Carlyle, the quick, passionate intelligence officer of Britain's MI5, returns to defuse a terrorist plot in this high-stakes, high-tension tale of international espionage.
When it appears a "secret asset" - a sleeper spy - has infiltrated British intelligence, the Director of Counter-Terrorism assigns Liz Carlyle to dig up the mole. The spy, possibly a former IRA operative now working with British-born Al Qaeda sympathisers, has one thing on his (or her?) mind: total devestation. With a major attack looming, Liz must trust her instincts and move fast. But this assignment is deadly, and suddenly she feels like she has wandered into a "wilderness of mirrors", where nothing is what it seems and no one can be trusted.
"Welcome a new queen of the genre...Stella Rimington, who was the first female director of MI5, knows what she writes" - The Washington Times
"Intelligent, vivid...with rich insider detail" - The Plain Dealer
"Brisk pacing and intelligent attention to detail make this thriller one of the better spy stories of recent times" - Mystery Scene
SECRET ASSET was published by Hutchinson on 3rd August 2006.