Joakim Zander

The Swimmer

""...‘The Swimmer’ is very definitely a book for the conspiracy theorists amongst us." "


Klara Walldeen was raised by her grandparents on a remote island off the cost of Sweden and is now making a name as a political aide in Brussels. She has just seen something she shouldn't: something people will kill to keep hidden.

On the other side of the world, a retired 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 the only thing he lives for is swimming in the local pool.

On Christmas Eve, he's drawn back into his old life to save the daughter he never knew, as Klara finds herself in a terrifying chase across Europe. Only the Swimmer can save her. But time is running out.

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With its themes of secret government and corporate interventions into the political goings on of both home and foreign countries, 'The Swimmer' is very definitely a book for the conspiracy theorists amongst us. We meet The Swimmer in Damascus, when the tragedy that separates him from his daughter occurs, from then on the narrative becomes a little hard to follow, as not only does it switch back and forth between the stories of Klara and The Swimmer, but also back and forth in time too. 'The Swimmer' also seems to have too many smaller characters whirling around the periphery of the main tale, all carrying out their own little piece of subterfuge, or manipulation of others which added, to me, an unnecessary layer of confusion. 'The Swimmer' is a decent political thriller, but don't expect a rapid race against time chase across Europe as you may feel disappointed.

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