my goodness, ex-spy Kate sure has put herself in a strange place after walking away. I'd say she's surrounded by more espionage-related nonsense, all of a sudden, than she would have been staying with MI5. who knew?! this is a complex, ultra-cynical (not a surprise, with this author), and very rewarding read, so far. people of the modern world are horrendous and Spy fiction focusing on up to the minute Security dilemmas, and the real state of affairs under the sugar-coated topping, highlights that like nothing else. I love it.