New Fiction: The Swimmer – Joakim Zander

Here is debut espionage in the tradition of John le Carré and HBO’s Homeland — Complex international intrigue and complicated characters in a blurry moral universe. Here’s the bare bones of plotline: A young EU Parliament aide sees something she shouldn’t and her father—a CIA operative who disappeared decades ago—resurfaces to save her. The author is himself an EU lawyer and a Swedish military veteran; that experience brings a strong sense of texture and realism to this race away plot.

Already an international bestseller sold in 28 countries, The Swimmer is an Indie Next pick with strong advance reviews.

“Swedish author Zander’s entertaining first novel owes more to Forsythe and Ludlum than to Larsson and Mankell….Given Zander’s literate, descriptive style, it’s easy to see why this thriller has been a bestseller in Europe….”
Publishers Weekly

An international thriller with the pace and intensity of a Jason Bourne adventure…. Skillfully moving between the past and the present, from Sweden to Syria to Washington and back again, Zander weaves an increasingly tight web of intrigue and suspense…. A compulsively readable page-turner with unexpected heart.”

“[A]n electric novel that will have you turning pages so quickly you may miss the thoroughly wonderful, deeper-than-usual-in-a-thriller characterizations.  The twists and turns come at a frighteningly snappy pace, and the translation is fluid and captures the feel of a classic Robert Ludlum or Len Deighton.  Thriller lovers will enjoy it, but they may end up staying up late to finish it.  Those last hundred pages are truly exciting!”
— Bill Carl, Booksellers on Fountain Square, Cincinnati, OH


The Swimmer (9780062337245) by Joakim Zander. $27.99 hardcover. 2/10/15 on sale.

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