The G File

3.9 based on 74 ratings & 12 reviews on Goodreads.com

A Swedish crime writer as thrilling as Mankell, a detective as compelling as Wallander. . .

A dark and sinister case from the past comes back to haunt Chief Inspector Van Veeteren in the final novel in the Van Veeteren series, The G File by Håkan Nesser.

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 . . .

'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.
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About Hakan Nesser

Håkan Nesser is one of Sweden’s most popular crime writers, receiving numerous awards for his novels featuring Inspector Van Veeteren, including the European Crime Fiction Star Award (Ripper Award) 2010/11, the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy Prize (three times) and Scandinavia's Glass Key Award. The Van Veeteren series is published in over 25 countries and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Håkan Nesser lives in Gotland with his wife and spends part of each year in the UK.

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Books by Hakan Nesser

The Living and the Dead in Winsford
The Living and the Dead in Winsford
The Strangler's Honeymoon
The Strangler's Honeymoon
The Weeping Girl
The Weeping Girl
Hour of the Wolf
Hour of the Wolf
The Unlucky Lottery
The Unlucky Lottery
Borkmann's Point
Borkmann's Point
The Return
The Return
The Inspector and Silence
The Inspector and Silence
Woman with Birthmark
Woman with Birthmark
The Mind's Eye
The Mind's Eye

Books in the Series

The Strangler's Honeymoon
The Strangler's Honeymoon
The Weeping Girl
The Weeping Girl
Hour of the Wolf
Hour of the Wolf
The Unlucky Lottery
The Unlucky Lottery
Borkmann's Point
Borkmann's Point
The Return
The Return
The Inspector and Silence
The Inspector and Silence
Woman with Birthmark
Woman with Birthmark
The Mind's Eye
The Mind's Eye

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