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The G File (The Van Veeteren Series) Hardcover – 3 Jul 2014

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Mantle; Main Market Ed. edition (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230766293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230766297
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 5.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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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?

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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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By Cheryl M-M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Nov. 2014
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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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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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An interesting read that takes you into Van Veeteren childhood, an old crime and the solution 15 years later. I knew there would be an unexpected twist in the tale at the end but couldn't guess what it would be. I like the authors story telling style. I downgraded it to three stars 'cos in the end I thought the denouement was a little forced and fabricated. But never the less I've just bought two more van Veeteren books for my Kindle - that says something, doesn't it?
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This is one of the best in the series and a perfect finale for this popular fictional detective. Like all the Van Veeteren books, the plot is intricately woven with the truth hidden in plain sight. In fact in this one I spotted how the murder was committed early on, but that did not detract from the enjoyment of the read, because this author always delivers so much more than an intriguing who dunnit.
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The plot that is, great sleight of mind. Others probably worked it out but I didn't and of course that added to the expected fun. Van Veeteren is so well drawn it's hard not to become involved. Very enjoyable. I think I've read them all now and will have to wait till he publishes another.
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I must be a detective story junkie and Hakan's novels are also a joy to read and this one was no exception. When the tv is poor and its a wet evening there is an alternative this book and a glass of red!b Good of course!!!!
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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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