""‘The Suicide Club’ is an exciting thriller with a solid background of historical research..." "
A tale of the First World War, told not from the perspective of the soldiers in the trenches but from the viewpoint of a spy working firstly in the front line, intelligence gathering in Belgium, but then working in Staff HQ, ostensibly to help establish 'The Suicide Club', but in reality observing the workings of the intelligence officers reporting to Field Marshall Haig.
'The Suicide Club' is a small group of men trained to be dropped by balloon behind enemy lines and then report back on enemy activities. The general opinion of the likelihood of the success of this enterprise can be seen by the nickname, 'The Suicide Club'. Senior staff is convinced of the value of the operation.
Innes finds conflict between different factions in the officers. The experienced officers distrust the intelligence being passed to Haig and Innes even suspects that German double agents are deliberately feeding false information to the Brigadier reporting directly to Haig. The only way he can find out is to follow the contact back across enemy lines and observe what happens. This proves extremely dangerous and costly in terms of life. The terrible loss of life in the trenches drives on the need to establish the truth.