I was skeptical of claims that The Swimmer was “comparable to the best of Le Carre”. That’s a supersized claim for any novel, let alone one from first time Swedish novelist Joakim Zander.
Surprisingly, it delivered the goods with a complex protagonist hearkening back to Le Carre’s Magnus Pym of A Perfect Spy fame. Although Zander’s language isn’t as dense or savory, his keen observations drive the plot across a Europe far removed from Le Carre’s Cold War landscape. A hefty dose of EU politics and intrigue brings Brussels to life in a way that other novels have not.
Grab a copy and head to the beach or a cozy nook with coffee!