The Swimmer

The Swimmer

by Joakim Zander

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Overview

The Swimmer by Joakim Zander

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 sure to follow in the footsteps of Stieg Larsson, John Le Carré, and Graham Greene.

In the end, you cannot hide who you are.

Klara Walldéen was raised by her grandparents on a remote archipelago in the Baltic Sea, learning to fish and hunt and sail a boat through a storm. Now, as an EU Parliament aide in Brussels, she is learning how to navigate the treacherous currents of international politics: the lines between friend and enemy, truth and lies.

But Klara has accidentally seen something she shouldn’t have: a laptop containing information so sensitive that someone will kill to keep hidden. Suddenly, she is thrown into a terrifying chase across Europe, with no idea who is hunting her or why.

Meanwhile, in Virginia, an old spy hides from his past. Once, he was a man of action, an operative so dedicated that he abandoned his infant daughter to keep his cover. Now, he is the only man who can save Klara . . . and she is the only woman who can allow him to lay old ghosts to rest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594858829
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/16/2016
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 544,998
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Joakim Zander was born in Stockholm, 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. Rights to his debut novel The Swimmer were sold in twenty-eight countries. Zander lives and works in southern Sweden with his family.

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The Swimmer: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little slow in the beginning, but wow, what an ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this well-written book, and will buy his next one in a heartbeat!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent story of intrigue and espionage. Give it 5 stars. This author is right there with Olen Steinhauer, Carl Reevik, Charles Cumming, Alex Dryden and others. However, the last quarter of this book read like a "made for television movie of the week". Needed to make the ending more realistic.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A political thriller that may have been originated in Sweden, but should not be grouped with the rest of the Swedish thrillers that are out there right now - this one is different.   With a large cast of characters and chapters where a few get the chance to tell the story and taking place in different times and places, I was worried that it could get confusing, not to worry, this author sets the book up so well it was easy to read.  Klara is the main character and the reader learns about her past and some details even before she does.  Almost all of the characters revolve around her someway.   There is quite a bit of action and maybe a little blood, so if you have a queezy stomach, this one isn't for you, but for the audience that does - it was great.  There were cars, boats, and everything in between.  It was nice to get a pure action thriller with no love, no heartache and just pure adrenaline!
StephWard More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars 'The Swimmer' is a complex and imaginative novel that weaves together several smaller story lines until the big picture of the book is revealed. The situations and happenings are sporadic - taking place in a variety of places across the globe, during time periods both past and present, and changing narrators at almost every turn. The book is actually several different plots - each with it's own setting, main character, and story line. The author purposely shifts between these distinct stories until they meet up with one another and finally intertwine to form the true plot of the novel. Each smaller story was incredibly detailed with intense imagery and detailed descriptions that made it almost impossible not to feel as if you were right there, experiencing everything for yourself. I found myself easily slipping into each part of the book as though it were a natural thing to do - and despite the fact that none of the smaller sections had any indicators of who the narrator was. Sometimes you would get a date or year and a city or country as reference points, which certainly helped keep the events in chronological order for the reader and useful for when the main plot emerges. Klara is a phenomenal female lead for this book. She's strong - not just physically, but mentally and emotionally too. She's very smart, dedicated to her work, loves her family, and is quite determined overall. When she realizes that she's gotten herself into a huge problem - one that will take her all across Europe in an attempt to figure out who is following her and why. I found all of Klara's adventures in each place to be intriguing and even confusing at times. There are a ton of twists and turns throughout the story that you never see coming - which makes this book such a fierce mystery and will have you on the edge of your seat, eagerly reading to see what's going to happen next. I honestly didn't expect all the twists and unexpected plot turns after reading the description of the book, but the fact that it's full of them only made my experience reading it all the more exciting. The writing was profound and uniquely construed - some of the best writing I've come across, in any genre. The plot was fast paced and thrilling, but it wasn't hurried or confusing due to the varying locations, time periods, and characters. Again, I have to mention the amazing attention to every little detail - all five senses are engaged during the entire novel and basically sucked me into the world the author created within the first few lines of the book. I got lost inside of the pages - caught up in the strange and seemingly unrelated incidents, only to have them come together in an explosive way; the lives and details of all the characters; and the shocking twists and turns that lead to a stunning ending. I found myself still thinking about the story days after reading it, trying to recall details from the story that might have given me a hint about what was going to happen. I know for a fact that I'll be re-reading this one soon so I can pick up on all the little details I know I missed the first time around. I definitely recommend this book to fans of mystery, suspense, thrillers, spy novels, and anyone who enjoys stories that happen in multiple places and times. It will definitely keep the reader on their toes and so wrapped up that it's almost impossible to make yourself stop reading. Fair warning on that part! Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Firstvax More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Few books dealing with international espionage have kept me guessing until the final pages. Though written originally in Swedish, the translation for the American reader is perfect. Characters are are cleverly developed as individuals in different locations, stretching from Brussels to Paris, Stockholm, and Langley, VA, with a backstory that began in Afghanistan in an earlier time-frame. At certain moments, Each of three characters shows a partial resemblance to Lisbeth Salander, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very tight little thriller. Absolutely wonderful. The pace was on the mark. Once the action started, there was no slowing. And the concept is very timely and quite believable. I cannot wait to read his next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book. It kept my interest till the end. Did not want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This "thriller" is very well written & the translator did a great job! The story moves at a fast pace & keeps the reader's attention by switching back & forth from various characters' parts in and understanding of the story. Some of the characters & settings should have been more fully developed. I also found parts of the primary plot far fetched and was disappointed in the weak & predictable conclusion. by AJW
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Klara is a compelling character and the political backdrop interest. There is sufficient color in the book to make you familiar with the surroundings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced
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Here
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very satisfying read, a spy story similar to those of John LeCarre, complicated and subtle. It assumes the intelligence of the reader. It is also a bit sad. People die, some are betrayed. Some get caught up in things they never expected. Couldn't put it down. Hope to see another one by this author in the future.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An intrigiuing plot full of interesting characters, twists and turns, almost as if it could have really happened. I found it difficult to follow at times as the character was not easily identifiable at the start of each new "chapter."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full of intrigue and suspence. Hope he writes more of this genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The action was pretty good. The characters a little vague. The jumping around in time was a bit disorienting at first. I like the descriptions of the countryside and cities and the European Union. No real twists or surprises.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tried to read and was boring so tried to skip ahead. Didn't help. What a conglomeration of words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not tell me this is free,and then only give me 5 chapters. I get very annoyed at this bait and switch tactic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awful. dont read it. garbage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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