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The G File: Van Veeteren Mysteries Book 10 (The Van Veeteren Series) [Kindle Edition]

Hakan Nesser
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The final stunning mystery in the Swedish star's landmark Inspector Van Veeteren series: can Van Veeteren ever hope to find the solution to the case that has evaded him all these years - the G File?

1987. Verlangan, a former cop turned private detective is hired by a woman to follow her husband Jaan 'G' Hennan. A few days later, his client is found dead at the bottom of an empty swimming pool.

Maardam police, led by Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, investigate the case. Van Veeteren has encountered Jaan 'G' Hennan before and knows only too well the man's dark capabilities. As more information emerges about G's shadowy past, the Chief Inspector becomes more desperate than ever to convict him. But G has a solid alibi - and no one else can be found in relation to the crime.

2002. Fifteen years have passed and the G File remains the one case former Chief Inspector Van Veeteren has never been able to solve. But when Verlangan's daughter reports the private detective missing, Van Veeteren returns to Maardam CID once more. For all Verlangan left behind was a cryptic note; and a telephone message in which he claimed to have finally discovered the proof of G's murderous past . . .


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'Fifteen years earlier, a woman hired a detective to follow her husband, known as G to the police. Days later, she was dead. G was tried and cleared of her murder, but now, all these years later, the private detective disappears, leaving a note hinting he knows how G got away with murder. This is the final book in the series, but Nesser resists a showy finale, allowing his detective nearly to be outsmarted by an immensely clever criminal. (Sunday Times)

From the Inside Flap

He searched through the CDs and decided on Schnittke. Piercing strings and persistent rhythms that ought to sharpen up his thoughts.

G. This was all about the G File, nothing else, Van Veeteren decided. No vague personal motives, no circumlocutions, just the one familiar question that had been dogging him for fifteen years.

Who killed Barbara Clarissa Hennan?

1987. Maarten Verlangen, a former cop turned private detective, is hired by a woman to follow her husband. The request is hardly unusual; but then two events occur that turn everything on its head. First, Verlangen realizes that Barbara's husband Jaan 'G' Hennan is a man he helped put in prison many years before; and then, a few days later, Barbara is found dead at the bottom of an empty swimming pool . . .

Maardam police, led by Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, investigate the case. Like Verlangen, Van Veeteren has encountered Jaan 'G' Hennan before and knows only too well the man's dark capabilities. When it is then discovered that G is due to receive a huge insurance pay-out following his wife's 'accidental' death - and further information about his shadowy past comes to light - Van Veeteren becomes more desperate than ever to convict him. But Verlangen himself witnessed G sitting in a restaurant at the time of Barbara's fatal plummet - and no one else can be found in relation to the crime . . .

2002. Fifteen years have passed and the G File remains the one case former Chief Inspector Van Veeteren has never been able to solve. But when Verlangen's daughter reports the private detective missing, Van Veeteren returns to Maardam CID once more. For all Verlangen left behind was a cryptic note; and a telephone message in which he claimed to have finally discovered the proof of G's murderous past . . .

A dark, ambitious and hugely gripping crime thriller, The G File is the stunning final instalment in the landmark Van Veeteren series.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 694 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Mantle (3 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L44OWZU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,825 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Håkan Nesser was awarded the 1993 Swedish Crime Writers' Academy Prize for new authors for his novel The Mind's Eye (published in Sweden as The Wide-Mesh Net); he received the best novel award in 1994 for Borkmann's Point and in 1996 for Woman with Birthmark. In 1999 he was awarded the Crime Writers of Scandinavia's Glass Key Award for the best crime novel of the year for Carambole. His novels have been published to acclaim in nine countries. Nesser was born in Sweden, where he lives with his wife and two sons.



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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Another excellent, well plotted novel in the Van Veeteren series, and apparently the final book. I was first introduced to Hakan Nesser by a special promotion in Waterstone's for Borkmann's Point, and have read them all since. The G Files, which it seems was published in Sweden in 2003, maintains the high standards of the previous novels, with VV coming out of retirement as a bookseller and attempting finally to solve the one case that had eluded him in his long career. I find some of the other detectives lack definition at times, but the cerebral lead character is on tremendous form again and reason enough to read the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By JoanM
Format:Hardcover
I was a bit unsure of this supposed last VV book at the beginning but it soon got going and I enjoyed it as I have enjoyed all the series, it is just a shame that it has to end. Maybe he could start a new series with Munster or Beate Moerk as the main character.
Life won't be the same without a new Nesser to look forward to each year.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly the perfect crime 20 Nov. 2014
By Cheryl M-M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Nesser has his detective Van Veeteren hang up his badge in this edition of the series, not that it deters him from chasing criminals and solving crimes.The police procedure, during the 80's part of the story, is typical for that era. Less about the rights of the perpetrator and more about the police getting their man.In fact Van Veeteeren is 100% convinced of Hennan's guilt, regardless of the air-tight alibi.So the interviews become a cat and mouse game between the two of them, a power play of detective and possible murderer.
Nesser brings an interesting aspect to the table, whether a person can be inherently evil. Veeteren has prior experience with Hennan and his cruel criminal mind-set, which is why he is convinced of his guilt. Regardless of the fact there is no way Hennan was anywhere near this particular crime scene at the time of the murder, Veeteren knows that he is guilty.
It took me till about three-quarter way through the book to figure out the solution. Yay, me. It sort of came to me like an epiphany.
In the second half of the book it was interesting to see how everyone still deferred to Van Veeteren with the same respect and authority, despite the fact he is retired by then and owns a bookshop. The police think nothing of including him in the investigation into the disappearance of Verlangen.

Verlangen is actually the reason the initial crime is brought back to the table after so many years. The perfect crime, which has haunted Veeteren for many years. He knows who and why, he just can't figure out how. It is such superb irony that the failed ex-policeman Verlangen is the one who stumbles on the solution and leads Veeteren to the how of it all.
This story has the subtle, slightly dark and smooth quality, which Nesser is known for. His characters are rough around the edges, acerbic and brutally honest. It was a treat, as always.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever story 20 July 2014
By MH
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Fans will I think find this a suitable swan song to VV, if indeed it turns out to (we can hope not...but it's not certain). Liked the back story and the updating to today (well 2002) - will say that the translation is odd though, I mean it all makes sense but just the choice of English words are ones you probably wouldn't see in every day use today, and the sentence structure can be a little odd at times. Still a good read though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent last case ( I presume) 28 July 2014
By KG
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Excellent last case ( I presume) . The G file is now closed. I was intrigued to see how the "perfect" murder had been done. It was well thought and pretty much kept me guessing until the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 23 July 2014
Format:Hardcover
Very good read but very similar to an episode of Inspector Morse I have recently seen!
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By echo
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A wonderful read with Hakan Nesser up to his usual high standard. Each new book in the Van Veeteren series seems even better then the last. If you have not sampled and love a murder mystery I can not recommend too highly. Very unusually I did guess denouement before the end but it did not affect my enjoyment one jot.
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By RB
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A slowburn .Being a Nesser fan and Chief Inspector fan I savoured it.Want more scintillating ones from HN. His style brings it close to being literature rather than just an escapist thriller.Tongue in cheek humour and good quotable quotes make it more than just a whodunnit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
A fascinating story, full of well-drawn characters, twists and turns, and a surprising resolution. Very enjoyable and absolutely gripping. Excellent.
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars g file
Was a little confused at first but really got into it
Published 21 days ago by chris elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read more please Hakan
Published 1 month ago by derryck w butcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Good as always
Good as always. If you are fan of scandinavian crime stories, you simply need to survive first two books of the series (as those are bit wooden) and then - it just gets better
Published 1 month ago by Izzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 1 month ago by William Shakespeare
5.0 out of 5 stars I haven't read this yet but I have liked all the other books in this...
I haven't read this yet but I have liked all the other books in this series. So looking forward to it
Published 4 months ago by CA Baxter
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks the Charm of originals
I felt the earlier books had a charm and charisma about them that this didn't replicate. What to do when you retire the lead character? rehash an old case.
Published 5 months ago by Bookend
5.0 out of 5 stars Never disappoints
Brilliant
Published 5 months ago by Glowreads
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good novel although I could not help but feel that ...
A very good novel although I could not help but feel that Van Veeteren had retired before in another of his books. Nevertheless it was a great crime thriller. Lon Westwood.
Published 6 months ago by Lon Westwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As good as ever.
Published 6 months ago by claire d brown
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