Whatever Gets You Through the Night by Charlie Higson (Little, Brown, £14.99)
Since his Nineties TV triumph as the co-creator of The Fast Show, Charlie Higson has been best known for his thrillers aimed at younger readers. Particularly successful—and rightly so—was a series featuring James Bond as an Eton schoolboy already saving the world on a regular basis.
In his first adult thriller for 11 years (and just his second in the last 25), Higson throws in plenty of old-school nods to 007: among them a car chase, a boat chase and a villain with a mountaintop lair. But he also combines them with such up-todate concerns as internet conspiracy theories and the sexual grooming of adolescent girls.
The setting is pre-pandemic Corfu where sinister billionaire Julian Hepworth is using that lair of his as a girls-only tennis school/breeding ground for sexual exploitation. So can the slightly enigmatic good guy McIntyre and his tough-but-sexy sidekick Aimee penetrate Hepworth’s supposedly impenetrable security and rescue the captives?
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