The Swede: A Novel

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A Swedish security agent is summoned to interrogate a terror suspect held by the FBI in this sophisticated, fast-paced thriller—but the prisoner isn't the only one with something to hide.

At a remote military base in the Indian Ocean, the FBI is trying to get a prisoner to confess. But the detainee, a suspect in an Islamist-inspired terror 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 terror 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 naive Pakistani. The closer Grip gets to the truth, the more complicated the deception becomes. Who is real and who is leading a double life?

The Swede is a riveting, intense novel about the compromises that people—and nations—make in the name of security and survival. Within this world built on secrets, Grip and Friedman have to learn to trust each other if they hope to stay alive.

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Robert Karjel was a lieutenant colonel in the Swedish Air Force for 25 years. His job as a helicopter pilot took him all over the world, from peace-keeping missions in Afghanistan to pirate-hunting in Somalia, and he is the only Swedish pilot who has trained with the U.S. Marine Corps and flown its attack helicopters. He is the author of The Swede, his first novel to be published in English, and one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in Sweden. He lives with his family outside of Stockholm.

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HarperCollins
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Published on
Jul 7, 2015
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9780062339621
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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