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Swede novelist digs into diplomat days for material

Andreas Norman, whose political espionage thrillers give readers an insight into the classified corridors of power, spent a decade at Sweden's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Andreas Norman, whose political espionage thrillers give readers an insight into the classified corridors of power, spent a decade at Sweden's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE SINGAPORE WRITERS FESTIVAL

Years ago, when best-selling Swedish novelist Andreas Norman was still a career diplomat, he was sitting in a meeting on counterterrorism at the United States Embassy in Tangier, Morocco.

"All of a sudden, I realised that the guy I was talking to was a CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) officer," he recalls in an e-mail interview.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2018, with the headline 'Swede novelist digs into diplomat days for material'. Print Edition | Subscribe