Dame Stella Rimington joined the Security Service (MI5) in 1968 and was appointed Director General in 1992, the first woman to hold the post. Her latest novel is Rip Tide.
During her career, Stella Rimington worked in all the main fields of the service: counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism. She has written her autobiography and five Liz Carlyle novels. She lives in London and Norfolk.