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The Swimmer    by Joakim Zander order for
by Joakim Zander
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Harper, 2015 (2015)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Suspense, nonstop international action, romance and plenty of intrigue, this thriller has it all. Already a bestseller in Europe, The Swimmer opens in Damascus, Syria, with a terrorist attack that leaves a small child an orphan.

Now it is 2013 and that youngster, Klara Walldeen, is working for the EU Parliament in Brussels. She is in possession of a laptop with some very sensitive information that places her in extreme danger.

Unbeknownst to the lovely young women, a seasoned CIA operative - also the father who abandoned her when she was just an infant - has been hired to keep an eye on her. As Klara tries to avoid those who would possess the laptop and silence her, she flees from Amsterdam and Stockholm to Paris as her secret ally keeps tabs on her.

Ultimately, the key players in this classic espionage story will converge on a Swedish archipelago where the secrets of the past will be revealed and the ownership of the encrypted laptop will be resolved. A story of this nature is constructed around a series of surprises and twists. Joakim Zander doesn't disappoint his reader; he includes some memorable ones in this debut novel.

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