About The Swimmer
• Hardcover: 432 pages
• Publisher: Harper (February 10, 2015)
A deep-cover CIA agent races across Europe to save the daughter he never knew in this electrifying debut thriller— an international sensation billed as “Homeland meets Stieg Larsson”—that heralds the arrival of a new master.
Early 1980s, Damascus. A nameless American spy abandons his newborn child to an uncertain fate. His inability to forgive himself for what he has done leads him on a lifelong quest to escape his past that will take him to Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iraq—anywhere where the danger and the stress allow him to forget.
Thirty years later, EU aide Klara Walldéen is learning to navigate the world of politics—the lines between friend and enemy, truth and lies. But Klara has just seen something she should not have: a laptop containing information so sensitive that people will kill to keep it hidden. Suddenly she is thrown into a terrifying chase through Europe, with no idea who is hunting her or why.
Their stories converge one stormy Christmas Eve in the Swedish archipelago, where blood is spilled, shocking discoveries are made, and the past inevitably catches up with the present.
Praise for The Swimmer
“Comparable to the best of John le Carré.” —Joseph Finder, author of Suspicion
“A terrific globe-trotting page-turner.” —Chris Pavone, author of The Expats and The Accident
“Hypnotic and intoxicating, pulling us relentlessly across the globe from page to page, intrigue to intrigue.” —Olen Steinhauer, author of The Cairo Affair
“An international thriller with the pace and intensity of a Jason Bourne adventure.” —Kirkus
About Joakim Zander
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Joakim Zander has lived in Syria and Israel and graduated from high school in the United States. He earned a PhD in Law from Maastricht University in the Netherlands and has worked as a lawyer for the European Union in Brussels and Helsinki. The Swimmer is his first novel; rights have been sold in 28 territories. Zander currently lives in southern Sweden with his wife and two children.
Follow Zander on Twitter, @JoakimZander.
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