The Friend

A Novel

by Joakim Zander

On Sale: 06/25/2019

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The Friend

A Novel

by Joakim Zander

On Sale: 06/25/2019


About the Book

Joakim Zander delivers another "compelling, timely, and character-centered thriller" (Booklist) in this riveting story of international espionage.

Jacob Seger arrives in Lebanon ready to embrace his future.

He's landed his first job in the world of international diplomacy, and he's determined to make a difference. But when Jacob meets the handsome and mysterious Yassim at a glamorous party, he quickly becomes swept up into a passionate, obsessive affair that renders everything else in his life insignificant.

Yassim is unpredictable and elusive. He claims it’s his work as a war photographer that takes him across the border into Syria, but when a Swedish intelligence office confronts Jacob with the claim that Yassim is wanted on terrorism charges, Jacob’s life is turned upside down. He doesn't know who to believe or who he can trust. He only knows that he needs to flee Beirut—and fast.

At once a moving love story and a gripping adventure, The Friend is an intelligent, urgent thriller that casts light on the dark threats facing the world today.


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Critical Praise

Praise for the work of Joakim Zander: Zander has written another compelling, timely, and character-centered thriller, and many readers will look forward to what he does next.” - Booklist, starred review on The Believer

“A tense, taut, gut-ripping thriller that is also beautifully written, smart, and sophisticated.” - Alafair Burke, author of The Wife on The Believer

“Page-turning…. This Swedish former lawyer’s hypnotic first book is already drawing comparisons to the work of famed spy novelist John le Carré.” - Entertainment Weekly on The Swimmer

“An interesting gambit.... [Zander is] a smart, fluid observer.” - New York Times Book Review on The Swimmer

“How can The Swimmer be a first novel? It is dazzling not only in its plotting and character portraits, but in the sophistication of its structure, which keeps us breathless and guessing. An impressive and memorable work, comparable to the best of John le Carré.” - Joseph Finder, author of Suspicion on The Swimmer

“Impressively complex characters and stark atmospherics make this a thematically profound read.” - Publishers Weekly on The Believer

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062914996
  • ISBN 10: 0062914995
  • Imprint: Harper Paperbacks
  • On Sale: 06/25/2019
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price:33.50 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Thrillers / Espionage
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Action & Adventure
  • BISAC3 : Undefined Category

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