The Resource The swimmer, Joakim Zander ; translated by Elizabeth Clark Wessel

The swimmer, Joakim Zander ; translated by Elizabeth Clark Wessel

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The swimmer
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The swimmer
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Joakim Zander ; translated by Elizabeth Clark Wessel
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  • eng
  • swe
  • eng
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"A deep-cover CIA agent races across Europe to save the daughter he never knew... 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"--
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  • /* Starred Review */ A CIA agent, burned out by three decades of lies, betrayals, and disastrous Agency cross-purposes. A Swedish Muslim with a shadowy past writing a PhD dissertation on private security companies in the Middle East. An ethically challenged lobbyist working in the EU capital of Brussels. And a beautiful Swedish aide to an EU parliamentarian. Their lives will variously intersect, reconnect, or collide—and some lives will end. First-novelist Zander has written a truly polished and compelling thriller that nods at all the standard thriller tropes. It begins in Damascus in 1980 when a car bomb kills the CIA agent’s wife, and it moves through three decades and locales in Syria, Brussels, D.C., Paris, Stockholm, and a remote Swedish archipelago during a fierce winter storm. The plot will resonate with readers appalled by the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the George W. Bush administration’s embrace of private firms like Blackwater. Tension and action abound. But it is the depth of Zander’s characters and the quality of the writing, which at times touches elegance, that make The Swimmer a winner. (It’s already a best-seller in Europe, with rights sold in 28 countries.) Zander looks to be a very talented new branch on the flourishing tree of Scandinavian crime fiction. -- Gaughan, Thomas (Reviewed 12-15-2014) (Booklist, vol 111, number 8, p32)
  • Swedish author Zander’s entertaining first novel owes more to Forsythe and Ludlum than to Larsson and Mankell. An unnamed narrator, who is a retired spy living in Virginia, addresses his late wife in his mind, telling her a convoluted tale that begins with her death and continues across the world over the next 33 years. Meanwhile, Mahmoud Shammosh, who’s in a Ph.D. program at Uppsala University, is working on a book about the privatization of war when he hears from an old friend who has information proving that the CIA and private contractors used torture on captured terrorists. Shammosh ends up with the info and goes on the run with his former lover, Klara Walldéen, an E.U. parliament aide. Given Zander’s literate, descriptive style, it’s easy to see why this thriller has been a bestseller in Europe, though American readers may find it overlong in arriving at the inevitable conclusion. Agents: Astri von Arbin Ahlander and Christine Edh ä ll, Ahlander Agency (Sweden). (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed December 1, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 50, p)
  • Billed as Homeland meets Stieg Larsson and already an international best seller, this Swedish thriller from debut author Zander lives up to the hype. Klara Walldeen was raised by her grandparents on a remote archipelago in the Baltic Sea and is now an EU Parliament aide in Brussels. Ex-boyfriend Mahmoud, a graduate student writing his dissertation on the privatization of war, arrives in Brussels to give a presentation and then reaches out to Klara when he ends up in a dangerous situation. They're soon tracking down a laptop full of classified information and being chased across Europe by someone intent on killing them. Meanwhile, an American spy finds his past catching up with him and tries to make it right by helping Klara. Back in Sweden, truths finally begin to emerge after a brutal convergence of the hunters and the hunted. VERDICT The chapters alternate between different and not always named characters and jumps from one decade and locale to another, which makes the novel's beginning both intriguing and disorienting. Despite the potential for some initial confusion, the book rewards with a suspenseful story of international espionage and political misdeeds. [See Prepub Alert, 8/11/14; library marketing.]— Melissa DeWild, Kent District Lib., Comstock Park, MI --Melissa DeWild (Reviewed February 15, 2015) (Library Journal, vol 140, issue 3, p95)
  • An international thriller with the pace and intensity of a Jason Bourne adventure, Zander's debut follows the intertwining stories of a young Swedish woman and a washed-up American spy.It's 1980, and a car bomb detonates in Damascus, killing the mother of a baby girl. Skip ahead three decades: It's 2013, and Swedish graduate student Mahmoud Shammosh (dissertation topic: "The Privatization of War") receives an anonymous email requesting a meeting. "I have information that's of interest to us both," the note says, followed by an unsettling warning: "Be careful, you're being watched." Meanwhile, in Brussels, George Lööw, lobbyist for the world's biggest PR firm, receives a sinister assignment of his own from a shadowy American company. Among his instructions? Bug the office of a young parliamentary aide named Klara Walldéen—who just happens to be the estranged ex-girlfriend of Mahmoud. Why is George tracking Klara? He's not sure, just as Mahmoud isn't sure why he's being watched, just as Klara isn't sure why—days later—Mahmoud has suddenly reappeared in her life streaked with blood. But when Mahmoud and Klara find themselves in possession of dangerous information, one thing becomes clear: All three of them have been unwittingly thrust into a world of international conspiracy, and the stakes are life and death. 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 with Klara at the center. And if the novel occasionally veers toward spy-movie clichés, it's quickly reanchored by the strength of its characters. Beyond the blood-pumping chase sequences and requisite shootouts, there is real humanity here. A compulsively readable page-turner with unexpected heart.(Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2014)
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10395861
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Zander, Joakim
Dewey number
839.73/8
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no index present
Literary form
novels
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Wessel, Elizabeth Clark
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True
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Klara Walldeen novels
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0001
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  • Young women
  • Fathers and daughters
  • Europe
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adult
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The swimmer, Joakim Zander ; translated by Elizabeth Clark Wessel
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"A novel"--Cover
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text
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rdacontent
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24 cm
Extent
417 pages
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9780062337245
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bl2015002975
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Label
The swimmer, Joakim Zander ; translated by Elizabeth Clark Wessel
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A novel"--Cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
417 pages
Isbn
9780062337245
Lccn
bl2015002975
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia
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