By Franq and Van Hamme
If anybody had told me I was soon to be gripped by a comic series about big business I'd have laughed in their face, but sure enough, here I am at the end of volume two of Largo Winch and itching to pick up volume three.
The enormous W Group is a victim of its own success and needs to continue growing, so when an opportunity for a hostile takeover bid presents itself Largo finds himself being pushed to take advantage of it. However, Largo's instincts tell him it's all too easy, but his heads of division dismiss his concerns and he finds himself not just along for the ride but the central pillar in the bid.
Now that on its own doesn't sound like a tantalising rip-roarer of an adventure, but when you add in mysterious deaths by a supposed Eco-warrior, a gold-digging ex-actress, subterfuge, tax evasion, a Libyan conspiracy, well, you start to get the idea.
Like the best of Van Hamme's writing, this is a highly detailed thriller, skilfully crafted to weave the world of commerce and finance with the blunt and brutal business of espionage, murder and greed. You can't make up your mind whether Largo's out of his depth or in the best position to find a way out the mess. It's certainly not a predictable read.
Really can't rate this highly enough. Read it.
And if you liked that: Then you should be reading XIII too.
Largo Winch Vol.2: Takeover Bid: Takeover Bid v. 2 (Book)