When the British government first decided to reveal the person behind their MI5 spy agency, many were surprised to find that the person was a she, not a he. She was Dame Stella Rimington, appointed Director General of the Security Service (MI5) - the first woman in history to hold that post. Rimington was famously the inspiration for Judi Dench’s no-nonsense M in the James Bond films. She retired from the service in 1996 and is now a spy novelist, using her knowledge of the secret services to write several thrillers starring a feisty heroine, Liz Carlyle.
Join us at the International Spy Museum as Dame Stella presents her latest and seventh Liz Carlyle book, The Geneva Trap - an exploration into a Russian agent, a deadly secret and a deadly plot to reignite the smoldering embers of the Cold War through a cleverly disguised cyber attack.
At a tracking station in Virginia, U.S. Navy officers watch in horror as one of their communications satellites plummets into the Indian Ocean and panic spreads through the British and American intelligence services. When a Russian intelligence officer approaches MI5 with vital information about the cyber sabotage, he refuses to talk to anyone but Liz Carlyle. But who is he, and how is he connected to Liz? Is this a Russian plot to disable the West's defenses? Or is the threat coming from elsewhere? As Liz and her team search for a mole inside the Ministry of Defense, the trail takes them from Geneva, to Marseilles, and to Korea in a race against time to stop the Cold War from heating up.
"Rimington's best work demonstrates a flair for narrative, with a sense of authenticity and an insider's grasp on the pressing issues of the day."
--- Washington Post
"Rich with authentic details from Rimington's own life as director general of MI5, this is a must-read for fans of contemporary spy fiction."
--- Publishers Weekly