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The Swimmer [Kindle Edition]

Joakim Zander
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'Guilt and atonement and revenge ... THE SWIMMER is an impressive, fast-paced thriller' Borås Tidning.

'Elegantly constructed ... the language creeps up on you ... a remarkable debut novel' Göteborgs-Posten.

'Well-written and incredibly thrilling ... avoids the predictability of the genre' Skånska Dagbladet.

'A terrific page-turner, rich with complex conflicts and a big, chillingly credible conspiracy' Chris Pavone, bestselling author of The Expats.

'At the end you look up and see the world differently' Lesley Thomson.

'A thrilling debut ... a novel with rare ambition with a crackling denouement and strong characters, it richly deserves its reputation' Daily Mail.

'Timely, relevant and exciting' Literary Review.

'Builds to exceptional tension' Independent.

'An absorbing chase thriller ... an excellent debut' The Times.

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GUILT. ATONEMENT. REVENGE.

Klara Walldeen was orphaned as a child and brought up by her grandparents on a remote Swedish island. She is now a political aide in Brussels - and she has just seen something she shouldn't: something people will kill to keep hidden.

On the other side of the world, an old spy hides from his past. Once, he was a man of action, so dedicated to the cause that he abandoned his baby daughter to keep his cover. Now, alone and far from home, only his daily swims keep the ghosts at bay.

Only the Swimmer can save Klara. But time is running out...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 867 KB
  • Print Length: 415 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1781859175
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (3 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KFDQVIM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,595 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Joakim Zander was born in 1975 in Stockholm, Sweden. He was raised in the small town of Söderköping but, growing up, he also lived in Syria and Israel and was a high-school exchange student in the USA. After completing his military service in the Swedish Navy, he studied law at Uppsala University and later earned a PhD in Law from Maastricht University. Cambridge University Press published his dissertation, The Application of the Precautionary Principle in Practice, which was awarded the Rabobank Prize. Zander has worked for the European Parliament and the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. He currently lives in Lund, Sweden, with his wife and two children. The Swimmer is his first novel.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking thriller 30 Aug 2014
By Bookie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Swimmer is a gripping, impressive and fast paced debut from Joakim Zander. The complex plot grabs from the literally explosive opening scenes in a sweeping narrative which moves skilfully between a number of characters and plot lines, ultimately drawing all together in a truly dramatic denouement.

It's difficult to give a plot resume without divulging too much detail, but this story really does have it all. A CIA agent on a desperate mission to save someone he doesn't know, black ops involving a rogue organisation, global politics including a strong female, Zara, who works in Brussels and is unwittingly involved in a race to
find out the nature of encrypted material on a laptop.

I was impressed by the strong sense of place. Brussels felt real, as did the remote Scandinavian island locations. Each character is richly detailed and with strong dialogue this is a bang up to the minute thriller. I whipped through this in almost one sitting. It's not a book you can put down easily and with a plot which at times felt horribly real, it's an amazing vehicle to explore themes of guilt, revenge and atonement. A truly cracking read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tour de Force - A Must Read Novel 12 Sep 2014
By C. E. Utley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book really is an exceptional achievement. It is hard to believe it is a first novel. Zander's prose, perfectly translated (into American rather than English) by Elizabeth Clark Wessel, is a joy to read. The characters are expertly drawn. The plot, though complicated at times (because what appear to be two stories are being told and they only come together towards the end) is genuinely gripping. Zander's ability, in particular, to describe fast moving action scenes is astounding. But there is much more to the novel than mere action.

Although the story starts with a bang (literally), it does not continue, for a while, in that vein. Instead, we are gently introduced to Mahmoud Shammosh (a Ph.D student in Sweden) and his former girl friend, Klara Walldeen, a Swedish girl of great beauty now working in Brussels for an MEP. True, the second chapter recounts some strange email messages, which turn out to be of vital importance to the plot, which Mahmoud has been getting, but nothing spectacular happens immediately.

The descriptions of life in the EU quarter of Brussels are all too credible. The parasitic nature of EU bureaucracy and its hangers on is gloriously portrayed. George Loow, the young lobbyist, is a character anyone who has ever had anything to do with modern politics will instantly recognise. He swaggers around Brussels, performing slightly shady tasks for his firm's clients, revelling in the trappings of "success". There are hot young women galore. There are expensive cars, grand restaurants, seedy nightclubs and a certain amount of recreational drugs. George, whose father is understandably disappointed in him, is in his element. But he is weak, not evil.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By SteveN
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.....as it takes place in multiple locations - Middle East, Belgium, France & Sweden, with the different threads wound together in a climax in the Swedish archipelago.
The story is told from a number of different perspectives, often changing on a chapter-by-chapter basis, so, if you don't enjoy this writing style, be warned!
The author has a well-rounded, fluid writing style and maintains the tension well. I think you have to suspend your disbelief in so many "page-turners" these days with authors desperate to find an original plot, but this is a believable contemporary storyline, well-told and the characters are developed intelligently.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and read it very quickly, always looking forward to picking it up again once put down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Swimmer - unputtdownable! 8 Sep 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The most compelling book I have read in ages - couldn't put it down. Very topical and a plot that was completely plausible and characters that I really beleived in. Brilliantly put together with all the twists and turns of the plot and every strand was followed through, I highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Around Us The Madness Of Empires Continues 21 Oct 2014
By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
Damascus, July 1980, a car is blown apart with a young woman inside. A man, with a young baby in his arms, looks in horror, from the window in their flat. He understands this bomb was meant for him, and thus the stories begin.

We move from 1980, in alternating chapters, as told from this man's story, and then in the third person from other's viewpoints. This is a complicated story, involving the CIA, the Swedish Parliament, several law offices throughout Europe, but all involving Klara Walldeen. Klara is the daughter of that man in Damascus, and what puts her in jeopardy involves many others and many other times. As the story evolves we are introduced to George Loow, a Lobbyist for an exclusive PR firm in Brussels; Mahmoud, a PhD candidate, former soldier; Gabriella, a lawyer and friend of Klara's; and various and sundry people in the CIA and other organizations.

This is a fast paced novel, covering much of Europe, but it is convoluted in its timeline. We are not privy to how these myriad of characters interface until the last few chapters. This is a well written and mysterious novel, full of secrets from atrocities in the field to Abu Ghraib. I particularly liked the character of Klara, pulled into the secrecy and mysteries of the past. I am looking forward to the next book by this author.

Recommended. prisrob10-21-14
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. Enthralling in its own way and kept ...
Loved it. Enthralling in its own way and kept interest right to the end. Liked that fact that had unexpected deaths of two main characters so no cosy endings here, which made it... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Quite long winded at times, but worth sticking with.
Published 2 days ago by Rose Green
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Lost me at times.
Published 4 days ago by Sedge60
3.0 out of 5 stars Boring after the murder
OKish book, guess it's not bad for a first try. Lost interest after the murder. The plot lost sense afterwards.
Published 5 days ago by hakapokiloki
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic first novel
This is a fantastic first novel. I read a lot of thrillers and it's extremely refreshing to come across a new author of such talent. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Stephen
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Nice short, snappy chapters keep the pacing good, but for some reason I struggled to get through this one.
Published 8 days ago by S. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 9 days ago by Mr P. Rive
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Good story, gripping and a good read
Published 11 days ago by Kate Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Fair Scandi thriller
Zander is a new name to me on the Scandi thriller pile. This book covers much of Europe,,with the EU setting and links,,as,well as an American involvement,with machinations so we... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Gareth Lukey
2.0 out of 5 stars not for me
I tried to stick with this book after several times of putting it down to dismiss it.... got to half way and give up.... not for me.
Published 12 days ago by val
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