Joakim Zander made a huge splash internationally with his debut novel, The Swimmer, which has wowed readers in 30 countries. Zander has become known for his poetic language, nail-biting suspense, and believable insider look into the workings of big politics.

Joakim Zander was born in 1975 in Stockholm, Sweden. He was raised in the small town of Söderköping but, growing up, he also lived in Syria and Israel and was a high-school exchange student in the USA. After completing his military service in the Swedish Navy, he studied law at Uppsala University and later earned a PhD in Law from Maastricht University. Cambridge University Press published his dissertation, The Application of the Precautionary Principle in Practice, which was awarded the Rabobank Prize.

After Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell and Jens Lapidus, there is  a great new voice in Scandinavian crime fiction: Joakim Zander.
Metro (Netherlands)

Zander has worked for the European Parliament and the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium.

His debut novel, The Swimmer (Simmaren, 2013)made a huge splash upon its release and has wowed readers in 30 countries. Zander has become known for his poetic language, nail-biting suspense, and believable insider look into the workings of big politics. His second thriller, The Believer, was published in 2015 and it was followed by The Friend in 2017.

He lives and writes in Lund, Sweden.

Zander looks to be a very talented new branch on the flourishing tree of Scandinavian crime fiction.
Booklist (USA)
Photo by Viktor Fremling

Joakim Zander was born in 1975 in Stockholm, Sweden. He was raised in the small town of Söderköping but, growing up, he also lived in Syria and Israel and was a high-school exchange student in the USA. After completing his military service in the Swedish Navy, he studied law at Uppsala University and later earned a PhD in Law from Maastricht University. Cambridge University Press published his dissertation, The Application of the Precautionary Principle in Practice, which was awarded the Rabobank Prize.

Zander has worked for the European Parliament and the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium.

His debut novel, The Swimmer (Simmaren, 2013)made a huge splash upon its release and has wowed readers in 30 countries. Zander has become known for his poetic language, nail-biting suspense, and believable insider look into the workings of big politics. His second thriller, The Believer, was published in 2015 and it was followed by The Friend in 2017.

He lives and writes in Lund, Sweden.

  • Photo by Viktor Fremling

  • Photo by Viktor Fremling

  • Photo by Viktor Fremling

  • Photo by Viktor Fremling

  • Photo by Viktor Fremling

  • Photo by Sofia Runarsdotter

  • Photo by Sofia Runarsdotter