Turns out the mutual attraction between MI5's formidable Liz Carlyle and her boss, Charles Weatherby, that has never been acted upon, and that Liz--and probably also Charles--thought no one else had noticed, has indeed been noticed. By just about everyone. And now that Charles is a widower, British Security Services higher ups decide it's time to thwart what could turn out to be a problem before it becomes "A Problem." Their solution: Get Liz out of London for awhile.
So off she goes to the Northern Ireland headquarters of MI5 to head its agent-running section and work to keep the peace process peaceful by thwarting the plots and schemes of those dedicated to keeping the war going. Of particular interest is a group known as the Fraternity that's attracting a lot of former Provisionals and is headed by a recently imported Irish-American with an oversized and dangerous chip on his shoulders. That's how this fifth novel in the Liz Carlyle series starts. It ends with a real nail-biter of a complex and scary rescue operation.
As thrillers go, I found this 5th in ex MI5 Director Stella Rimington's "Liz Carlyle" series particularly thrilling, But my very favorite part came at the very end--with a last sentence I find more than a tad reminiscent of Rhett Butler's famous "Frankly, Scarlett..." line. Well worth arriving at after all the breath catching that precedes it.
Here are the series titles so far, in chronological order: 1. At Risk, 2. Secret Asset, 3. Illegal Action, 4. Dead Line, 5. Present Danger 6. Rip Tide, 7. The Geneva Trap.