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IR$

I.R.$.

Art: Bernard Vrancken

Script: Stephen Desberg

Color: Coquelicot

Status: Ongoing

Genre: Detective/Thriller

A series that's very much in touch with the third millenium: gritty storylines in a realistic thriller with heated emotions

1. 1999 46p.La voie fiscale
Original CoverCinebook: IR$ #1: Taxing Trails

Bull IR$ #1: Taxing Trails

By: Cinebook

ISBN: 9781905460519 (96p.) (2008) Format: Softcover

Max is an unusual specialist from a little-known branch of the I.R.S. (Internal Revenue Service), the all-powerful tax-collecting agency of the United States. Reading into tax-evasion and money-laundering rings the way a virtuoso pianist would read a sheet of Mozart, Max has every technological method at his disposal to find links between high finance and high crime. In the first album, he must look into a particularly delicate file belonging to a rich Jewish-American, known for his involvement in recovering items that were confiscated by the Nazis. Dissecting this billionaire's accounts, Max embarks on a dangerous journey to find the mysterious origins of the man's immense fortune....

2. 2000 46p.La strat├ęgie Hagen
Original CoverCinebook: IR$ #1: Taxing Trails

Bull IR$ #1: Taxing Trails

By: Cinebook

As: 'The Hagen Strategy'

ISBN: 9781905460519 (96p.) (2008) Format: Softcover

3. 2001 46p.Blue ice
Original CoverCinebook: IR$ #2: Blue Ice

Bull IR$ #2: Blue Ice

By: Cinebook

ISBN: 9781905460748 (96p.) (2009) Format: Softcover

Larry B. Max is an unusual specialist from a little-known branch of the I.R.S. (Internal Revenue Service), the all-powerful tax-collecting agency of the United States, which has every technological method at his disposal to link high finance and high crime. Max unravels the financial and logistical organisations which supports a huge drugs operation between Mexico and the US. In the process, though, the lines between legality and providing jobs for thousands of people, between prosperity and morals become blurred.

4. 2002 46p.Narcocratie
Original CoverCinebook: IR$ #2: Blue Ice

Bull IR$ #2: Blue Ice

By: Cinebook

As: 'Narcocrazy'

ISBN: 9781905460748 (96p.) (2009) Format: Softcover

5. 2003 46p.Silicia Inc.
Original CoverCinebook: IR$ #3: Silicia, Inc.

Bull IR$ #3: Silicia, Inc.

By: Cinebook

ISBN: 9781849180139 (48p.) (2010) Format: Softcover

Larry B. Max is an unusual specialist from a little-known branch of the I.R.S. (Internal Revenue Service), the all-powerful tax-collecting agency of the United States, which has every technological method at its disposal to investigate possible links between high finance and high crime. Max investigates two seemingly-unconnected murders. The former president of an Asian country, who was accused of embezzlement, is bumped off in France. Meanwhile, the right-hand man of a corrupt US mayor meets a grizzly end in the Californian desert. Max finds a strange message stating "Silicia, 10 am, Ocean Drive" and tries to figure out what it all means. Meanwhile, a mysterious young lady seems to be one step ahead of him and erasing one clue after the other.

6. 2004 46p.Le corrupteur
Original CoverCinebook: IR$ #4: The Corrupter

Bull IR$ #4: The Corrupter

By: Cinebook

ISBN: 9781849180306 (48p.) (2010) Format: Softcover

Larry B. Max is an unusual specialist from a little-known branch of the I.R.S. (Internal Revenue Service), the all-powerful tax-collecting agency of the United States, with every technological method at his disposal to link high finance and high crime. Max investigates Silicia, Inc., a mysterious company fronting the activities of a beautiful and deadly assassin. For $2.5 million per contract, the killer leaves a trail of bodies and corruption behind her. As the I.R.$. agent closes in on his target, the scale of her web becomes frighteningly clear-and things take an unpleasantly personal turn for Max.

7. 2005 46p.Corporate America
Original CoverCinebook: IR$ #5: Corporate America

New! IR$ #5: Corporate America

By: Cinebook

ISBN: 9781849182164 (48p.) (2014) Format: Softcover

There are bad memories in Larry Max's past. Dark figures specialised in shady dealings that once bullied and defeated the young, novice IRS agent. He never forgot, though. And now those names are coming up again in relation to some relatively minor trading fraud. But when Larry begins unravelling the threads, from Texas to Azerbaijan, what he discovers is anything but minor: secrets that could make a select few immensely rich - and set the world ablaze.

8. 2006 46p.La guerre noire
Original CoverCinebook: IR$ #6: The Black Gold War

New! IR$ #6: The Black Gold War

By: Cinebook

ISBN: 9781849182362 (48p.) (2015) Format: Softcover

Is the world barrelling towards the apocalypse? Russian commandoes are positioned around Georgia and its vital pipelines, fanatical terrorists are bent on eliminating Saudi Arabia's reigning family... With oil barons indifferent to the potential damage their stock market manipulations could cause, only one man stands against a scheme of utter cynicism: Larry B. Max. This time, the IRS agent intends to stop his sworn enemy Madsen for good and rescue the woman he's loved for so long, Kate.

9. 2007 46p.Liaisons romaines
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10. 2008 46p.La loge des assassins
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11. 2009 46p.Le chemin de Gloria
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