An intricately plotted and brilliantly conceived stand-alone sequel to the international bestseller The Swimmer that turns the hottest political topics of our times into a complex, resonant thriller in the vein of John LeCarrE.
Yasmine Ajam has fled her past in the rough Stockholm borough Bergort, reinventing herself as a trendspotter in New York City. One day she receives a startling message: there are riots erupting on the streets of Stockholm and they appear to be connected with the disappearance of her brother, Fadi.
Following rumors that Fadi was radicalized and died fighting for ISIS in Syria, Yasmine returns to Stockholm to discover what really happened to her brother. There she becomes entangled in a dangerous web of allegiances and violence that stretches far beyond the gangs on her childhood streets.
Meanwhile, in London, Klara WalldEen has landed a job at a human rights research institute working on a report to predict the effects of privatizing police forces. When Klara travels to Stockholm to present her findings to European Union policymakers, her laptop is stolen and one of her colleagues is pushed in front of an oncoming subway train. As her path collides with Yasmine's, Klara begins to realize that she may unwittingly be contributing to the sinister agendas of powerful interests who will stop at nothing to attain their goals.
With The Believer, Joakim Zander delivers another "page-turning" (Entertainment Weekly) novel of suspense that is as sophisticated and timely as it is compelling.
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"Narrators Hillary Huber and Assaf Cohen ensure that this complex plot and its main characters feel as real as today's breaking news. Fadi Ajam; his sister, Yasmine; and Klara WalldŽen have fled as far as Syria, New York, and London, respectively, to escape their troubled pasts in Sweden. But a graffiti symbol, acts of betrayal, and strange coincidences have pulled them back. Huber differentiates Yasmine through a light Middle Eastern accent. For Klara, who is described as speaking with a rural Swedish accent, Huber's choice is credible and distinct from her other characters' voices. More significant than their accents, Huber also captures the fatalism that drives these two women's actions. Cohen's success lies in how well he balances Fadi's na•vetŽ with his extremism, making him all too poignantly real. K.W. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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