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Whatever Gets You Through the Night

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24th February 2022

Price: £21.99

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Selected: Audiobook Downloadable / ISBN-13: 9781405550017

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‘Higson’s new book will certainly get you through the night, though you may not get a lot of sleep…’ Mark Billingham

‘Terrific’ The i
‘Loud, bright, fast and funny – a perfect read’ Guardian
‘Hugely entertaining’ Sunday Times
‘A slick satirical thriller’ The Sun

Most people travel to Corfu to escape the real world for a couple of weeks. But not McIntyre. McIntyre’s a fixer, specialising in getting people out of places they don’t want to be with the minimum of fuss, publicity and violence. The job in Corfu should be easy – spring Lauren, a 15-year-old schoolgirl, from the luxury compound of the tech billionaire, Julian Hepworth. Hepworth’s young, handsome and charismatic – he’s also a suspected paedophile.

But as McIntyre sets up his operation, things quickly start to slip out of control. Soon, he has to contend with Albanian gangsters, Greek drug dealers, psychotic bodyguards, flat earthers and spoilt, wealthy teenagers looking for dangerous kicks. Everything converges on a glamorous summer party at Hepworth’s spectacular villa; can McIntyre play the different factions off against each other and get Lauren to safety without things going horribly wrong?

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Barry Forshaw, Financial Times
A triumphant return to adult fare from the Young Bond author.
Readers Digest
'...the links between these components tighten in a richly satisfying way, until the book reaches an exhilarating extended climax at a spectacular party thrown by Hepworth to show everyone how great he is...'
Literary Review
The chaotic and exciting denouement is brilliantly executed and funny... Higson is so good at what he does
The Sun
Higson, author of the Young Bond kids' books, makes a fresh, funny return to adult themes with this slick satirical thriller.
Daily Mail
Whatever Gets You Through the Night marks the return to adult fiction of Charlie Higson. Set on the sun-soaked island of Corfu, it dives into the darkness beneath the surface of the Mediterranean idyll.
The i
Higson is a terrific thriller writer. . . Tense yet funny, too
Sunday Times
[Higson's] exuberant novel pulls off the Hiaasen trick of absorbing dark themes yet remaining a hugely entertaining read
Christopher Brookmyre
A hugely enjoyable sun-soaked thriller: hard-edged but warm, tense but funny, vividly ultra-modern and yet deliciously old-fashioned
Laura Wilson, The Guardian, Books of the Month
Rather more upbeat, and with far better weather, is Charlie Higson's return to crime fiction for grownups. . . It's loud, bright, fast and funny - a perfect read for a dreary month.
Mark Billingham
Charlie Higson coming back to the world of adult thrillers is a major event. And what a comeback. Higson's new thriller will certainly get you through the night, though you may not get a lot of sleep...
Books of the Year, Daily Express
Delivers the atmosphere of a classic Sixties thriller in a contemporary setting, peering into the dark underbelly of a sunny Med holiday spot
Sunday Times
This hectic, helter-skelter thriller is what his adult fans have been waiting for all this time