Harper Academic

The Swede

A Novel

by Robert Karjel

On Sale: 07/05/2016

Price: $15.99

The Swede

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The Swede

A Novel

by Robert Karjel

On Sale: 07/05/2016

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Price: $15.99

About the Book

A thief.

A prisoner.

A man who no longer exists.

At a remote military base on an island in the Indian Ocean, the FBI is trying to get a prisoner to confess. But the detainee, a suspect in an Islamist-inspired terrorist attack in the United States, refuses to talk.

Ernst Grip, a Swedish security officer, has no idea why he’s been dispatched to New York City. The FBI agent he meets on arrival, Shauna Friedman, seems to know a little too much about him. And when he arrives at his real destination, the American authorities have just one question: Is their suspect a Swedish citizen?

In the process of uncovering the prisoner’s true identity, Grip discovers the man’s ties to a group of other suspects—a ruthless American arms dealer, a Czech hit man, a mysterious nurse from Kansas, and a heartbreakingly naïve Pakistani. The closer Grip gets to the truth, the more complicated the deception becomes. Who is real and who is leading a double life?

Critical Praise

“[Karjel’s] English-language debut, which has already drawn comparisons to Homeland and been optioned for U.S. television, is consistently smarter and more nuanced than most genre fiction, and his cynical take on geopolitics has the ring of real experience. . . . A compelling read.” - Entertainment Weekly

A “superior thriller…. Filled with rich characterization and unforeseeable twists and revelations, this mesmerizing first in a planned series will leave readers gasping for breath.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Think le Carré meets Homeland.” - Entertainment Weekly

“With this smart, compelling English-language debut, Karjel deserves a place in the rankings of notable Nordic crime writers.” - Booklist (starred review)

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062339607
  • ISBN 10: 0062339605
  • Imprint: Harper Paperbacks
  • On Sale: 07/05/2016
  • Trimsize: 5.313 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.793 in (d)
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price: $15.99
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Action & Adventure
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime