Andrew Williams has established himself as a master of the intelligent political/historical thriller. The Suicide Club, set partly at Field Marshal Haig's headquarters in 1917 and partly in German occupied Beligum, is his best novel yet: gripping and disturbing.
The Suicide Club is one of those compelling reads that, once started, cannot be put down. But it is more than that. Set in the momentous late summer and autumn of 1917, it is drawn from all-too-real events. The cast includes Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, David Lloyd George, and crucially, Brigadier General John Charteris, director of military intelligence. Just one among the many of several moral mazes that gripped me was Williams' insight into the way in which raw intelligence could be twisted to suit the whims of men in powerful positions.
Absolutely convincing... with a touch of John Buchan. Andrew Williams is a compelling thriller writer
One of the best historical spy thrillers of recent time. The Suicide Club exceeded all my expectations. It really is very, very good: comprehensively researched, carefully plotted and quite brilliantly written.
Andrew Williams synthesises historical writing with the excitement of the thriller: utterly persuasive character drawing, a pungent sense of locale and period, and sheer storytelling impetus that is impossible to resist.
Williams has become one of Britain's most accomplished thriller writers. Rich in the politics of war and based on spectacular research into the reality,The Suicide Club delivers a delicate portrait of the intricacies of war, while never neglecting the bravery.
Meticulously researched and classily written . . . offers a distinctive perspective
The war-damaged Innes is a strong, sympathetic character and the meticulously researched background is fascinating
Andrew Williams' novels synthesise historical writing with the excitement of the thriller. The Suicide Club is a satisfying first world war espionage adventure set in Field Marshall Haig's HQ in France. The business of trust and betrayal clearly fascinates this writer, and there is an adroit balance of elements here: economical but utterly persuasive characterdrawing, a pungent sense of locale and period, and sheer storytelling impetus that is impossible to resist.
Williams is an admirable writer and really knows his subject. What stands out about this book is the depth of the author's research coupled with a strong narrative and nuanced understanding of the internal politics of GHQ. As the author's note makes clear, there are disturbing correspondences between the fiction and the historical fact.
One of the best historical spy thrillers of recent time. The Suicide Club exceeded all my expectations. It really is very, very good: comprehensively researched, carefully plotted and quite brilliantly written. The Suicide Club is a dazzling mix of spy fiction and history ranging from the battlefields of Flanders to brothels in Antwerp to Lloyd George's Downing Street, and certainly the best spy story I've read this year. Andrew Williams could soon find himself alongside Le Carré, Deighton, Littell and Furst.
Establishes Andrew Williams as an unusually accomplished craftsman, a master of the intelligent historical spy thriller. His research is thorough and never obtrudes. His imagination works in harmony with his powers of observation. His plotting is intricate and coherent. The narrative drives compellingly along. A splendid novel