Joakim Zander (website) is a Swedish author and lawyer, best known for his Klara Walldéen spy thriller series.
Born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1975, Joakim Zander grew up in the small town of Söderköping, on the east coast of Sweden.
At the age of 15, he moved to Damascus, Syria, after which he went to Israel for a year, followed by the US, where he was a high-school exchange student.
Once he left the Swedish Army after finishing this military service, he enrolled as a law student at Uppsala University from where he earned his Master of Laws degree (juris kandidat), after which he went to the Maastricht University where he got his Ph.D. in law.
During his law studies he wrote a dissertation which appeared in the Cambridge University Press titled The Application of the Precautionary Principle in Practice, a paper which earned him the Rabobank Prize.
Being a lawyer by trade, he worked for several years the European Parliament and the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. Now he is a full-time writer, having left the law business behind.
His debut novel, The Swimmer, published in 2013 has gained instant popularity and it was published and read all over the world. The Swimmer is the first book in the Klara Walldéen series, which currently includes 3 books, with a third titled The Believer, published in 2017.
A father of two children, Joakim Zander lives currently in Lund, Sweden, where he is working on his next book.
Here are the Joakim Zander books in order for his Klara Walldéen series.
Klara Walldéen Series In Order
1. The Swimmer (Klara Walldéen #1) – published in Swedish in 2013 under the title Simmaren, translated to English in 2014
2. The Brother (Klara Walldéen #2) – published in Swedish in 2015 under the title Orten, translated to English in 2016
3. The Believer (Klara Walldéen #3), 2017