Stockholm, September 2011. Carina Dymek is on a fast track for promotion at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, when she is approached by a stranger and given a USB stick containing a report to circulate in her department. Unwittingly, she delivers a time bomb of classified information that sends her career up in flames and puts her on the radar of the security service, Sapo. Tasked with investigating how Dymek gained access to the confidential report, the formidable Bente Jensen of Sapo is quietly approached by the British MI6, who have an undisclosed interest in the leak. She finds out that Dymek's boyfriend is an Egyptian Swedish national. But it's MI6 who link his family to an extreme faction within the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo. The case explodes into an international manhunt. Liaising with the ruthless MI6, Bente uncovers the secretive plans contained in that leaked report: plans for an omnipotent Europe-wide Intelligence Service. Forces hone in on Dymek, while Bente begins to suspect she is a red herring caught in a far wider net: one in which social media is abused for intelligence and civil rights are sacrificed to national security. Andreas Norman, a former Swedish Ministry official, has written an explosive expose of Anglo-American spying and surveillance on European civilians in the name of counter-terrorism. This dizzying thriller anticipated the Edward Snowden revelations and rocked Sweden on publication.
This Swedish thriller has enjoyed considerable acclaim since its publication, and it’s not hard to discern why – even though the book does not fall comfortably into the Scandi-crime genre. The author worked for the Swedish Ministry of Foreign affairs for a decade on security issues, and utilises that knowledge in this weighty novel. Carina Dymek is anticipating her promotion (at the very Ministry in which her creator worked), when she is handed a USB stick. To her dismay, she finds herself disseminating material that makes many people distinctly uneasy: a maelstrom of classified information, in fact. She finds herself on the radar of the security services and things become very dangerous for her. This is splendid stuff, fully worthy of the praise it has been accruing.
'Rarely have I read such a well-written debut novel as this ... Well orchestrated dramaturgy, rich language, and extremely believable characters ... Andreas Norman has written a dizzying thriller'
Dagens Nyheter Newspaper, Sweden
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
|Publication date:||3rd July 2014|
|Publisher:||Quercus Publishing Plc|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, eBook Favourites,|
Andreas Norman worked for the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for ten years on security issues and Counter-Terrorism. He has also worked for the Swedish think-tank UI and published a book of a poetry. Now a full-time writer, Into a Raging Blaze is his first novel. He lives in Malmo, Sweden.More About Andreas Norman