The Swimmer

The Swimmer

Book - 2015
Average Rating:
Rate this:

A deep-cover CIA agent races across Europe to save the daughter he never knew in this electrifying debut thriller--an international sensation billed as "Homeland meets Stieg Larsson" that heralds the arrival of a new master sure to follow in the footsteps of Stieg Larsson, John Le Carr#65533;, and Graham Greene.

In the end, you cannot hide who you are.

Klara Walld#65533;en 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.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2015.
ISBN: 9780062337245
Branch Call Number: ZAN
Characteristics: 417 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Wessel, Elizabeth Clark


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Apr 27, 2017

It was OK, but not on my top list of thrillers. I found it too slow, a bit disjointed.

Oct 17, 2015

I enjoyed this character-driven, atypically-plotted and paced spy thriller especially because it avoided spy thriller formulas for the most part.

I'm also amazed that this was a translation--the translator deserves high praise.

korkyros Aug 01, 2015

Excellent spy thriller. It starts slowly and turns into a book that is hard to put down.

ronsmedley Apr 24, 2015

I liked it. A different and interesting spy-thriller mystery written by a Swedish writer. Well done translation.

karcoldelharvic5 Apr 22, 2015

Just couldn't get into this book. Gave up after 50 pages

Mar 06, 2015

Great book. Looking forward to more from Zander.

Dec 24, 2014

A thriller that manages to be intriguing and yet slower in pace; while the beginning of the book suffers a bit from taking too long to start to tie the pieces (and the characters) together, the end more than makes up for it.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at ORL

To Top