Full Whack

Dennis 'The Menace' Pike, former wild man of Tottenham, is going grey and going straight. Anyway, it was hard work being a yob- the birds, the brawls, the endless beers- and he hasn't really got the energy any more for life on the edge. Then two old faces turn up from the past- the Bishop brothers, Chas and Noel. Famously inept, they were bad news then, and they haven't aged well. What's worse, they need Pike's expertise on a scheme wealth distribution really- offloading one of the old gang's ill-gotten millions. Robbing the robbers- now what's criminal about that? Pike, still haunted by what happened one wreckless night all those years ago, refuses to get involved. But old habits die hard, and when he suddenly finds his bank account tampered with, Pike is drawn back into a world he spent ten years escaping. Thug or mug, he is nevertheless forced to confront a man so psychotically unhinged that his own youth seems like mere kids' stuff...A slick, razor-sharp novel, FULL WHACK is packed full of searing wit, scurrilous characters and nefarious knock-about.

Author Notes

'Piercing wit and accelerated action in finely paced style.' TIME OUT 'The missing link between Dick Emery and Bret Easton Ellis.' VOX 'Lively narration, a superabundance of action...gruesome and hilarious.' EVENING STANDARD 'Higson has the kind of ear for middle-England angst that more established writers should be jealous of.' GQ
Return to books list


08 December 2014, 01:48 pm

Hear Charlie talking to Broadcast about the BBC's forthcoming Professor Branestawm and ITV's 2015...


09 December 2014 , 6.30pm
Charlie will be with Robin Ince and a few others signing copies of DEAD FUNNY, mince pies also...


26 October 2014, 01:11 pm




I feel the hunted was too...