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The Quarry (The Öland Quartet #3)

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As the last snow melts on the Swedish island of Öland, Per Morner is preparing for his children's Easter visit. But his plans are disrupted when he receives a phone call from his estranged father, Jerry, begging for help.

Per finds Jerry close to death in his blazing woodland studio. He's been stabbed, and two dead bodies are later discovered in the burnt-out building.

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Paperback, 409 pages
Published June 23rd 2011 by Doubleday (first published 2010)
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Janette Fleming
As the last snow melts on the Swedish island of Öland, Per Morner is preparing for his children's Easter visit. But his plans are disrupted when he receives a phone call from his estranged father, Jerry, begging for help.

Per finds Jerry close to death in his blazing woodland studio. He's been stabbed, and two dead bodies are later discovered in the burnt-out building.

The only suspect, Jerry's work partner, is confirmed as one of the dead. But why does Jerry insist his colleague is still
I started this book with anticipation being a fan of Nordic Noir but was alienated almost from the beginning by the clichéd characterisation and the clunky dialogue. The synopsis on the back cover leads you to expect a tightly-written murder mystery, but the story meanders all over the place with people displaying the strangest reactions to the events in their lives – a father, Per, sees his son nearly killed by an out-of-control car, but lets the driver continue his journey after an initial rem ...more
Franco  Santos
Para mí el peor de la saga. Es bastante pesado y llano; también le faltó intriga: un caso con poco misterio y en partes aburrido. Sin embargo, es un buen relato, entretenido y con ese toque Theorin siempre presente.

El final me decepcionó un poco; no tiene ese gran plot-twist de los que nos tiene acostumbrados el autor, no obstante, hay una parte de la conclusión que sí me sorprendió.

Buen libro.
A very good book. I like Theorin's style and his combining old Scandinavian legends with the current world. The combination of elves, trolls and porn might seem too much but they create an interesting counterpoint. The only line I didn't like very much was the sick daughter. Looking forward to The Echoes from the Dead.
Nancy Oakes
Although I do believe that his first book was the best, I really enjoyed this one.

The Quarry, book #3 in Theorin's Öland Quartet, follows in the footsteps of his first two most excellent novels, Echoes from the Dead and The Darkest Room. Once again, Theorin has delivered a winner, set on the island of Öland in Sweden. It is the Spring segment of the quartet, beginning in the month of March.

As the novel opens, Gerlof Davidsson (a recurring character in these books), currently living in a retireme
Graham Botha
The third of Johan Theorin's Oland quartet is even better than the first two in the series. it seems he gets better with every book he writes. He begins with a collection of characters and the events that govern their lives, each developing a strong sub-plot, all seemingly unrelated. As the story proceeds the characters and sub-plots begin to intertwine, creating a build up of mystery and suspense. The reader really cares about the characters and what happens to them. A superior read that builds ...more
Enjoyed this, although it was a little slow to get going. Folklore runs through the whole book, including elves and trolls and several characters who believe in them (there is a prosaic explanation for some of the apparently supernatural events). As well as the mystical, the novel also deals with the Swedish porn industry (mainly in the 1970s) - and the combination isn't as odd as it sounds. This is the third in a quartet set on the island of Oland and as ever the island and the evocation of its ...more
Pamela Scott
I enjoyed The Quarry. I read Theorin’s novel The Darkest Room a few months ago and really enjoyed it so I wanted to check out more of his work. The Quarry takes a while to get going and that’s the only real failing. I found the first fifty or so pages a bit of a drag. The pace eventually picks up and The Quarry develops into a pretty decent crime novel. The Quarry is nowhere near as good as The Darkest Room which was much creepier. The Quarry is one of those in-between novels where it’s not bril ...more
Como en las dos anteriores entregas esta es muy buena, a la altura de la primera que es la mejor. Theorin mantiene su manera pausada y tranquila de contar historias, dejando en un segundo plano cualquier crimen y centrandose en las personas, los paisajes, los sentimientos...
Lectura muy recomendable, serie muy recomendable, a esperar a que salga la cuarta y última entrega.
Knihy Johana Theorina nejsou detektivkami v pravém slova smyslu, spíš staví na detektivní zápletce a samotné rozuzlení nebývá tak zajímavé jako samotná atmosféra, kterou je zápletka obehnána. Autor těží z pověstí a mýtů, které se váží k ostrovu Öland, dává je do souvislostí, snaží se nechat čtenáře na pochybách, zda opravdu nějaké ty nadpřirozené věci nezasáhly do dění. V obou předchozích knihách se mi toto pohrávání s atmosférou hodně líbilo, nevadila mi ani nepříliš bombastická zápletka či poi ...more
I've been reading the Oland series in order so this was my third read. I was looking forward to it after enjoying the first two but ended up very disappointed.

In my opinion, Theorin is a very good writer, even his filler is enjoyable. However, filler is just that and the "plot" moves agonisingly slowly to begin with. Having said that, the story line is well set up and has loads of potential. It's sad that the concluding chapters just don't follow through.... I was left with a feeling of "What a
Es ist Frühling auf Öland, als Per Mörner das geerbte Häuschen seines Onkels am Rande des Steinbruchs von Stenvik übernimmt. Per Mörner hat keinen leichten Stand, denn seine Tochter Nilla ist schwer krank, sodass er zunächst nur mit seinem Sohn Jesper das neue Haus in Besitz nimmt. Der kleine Ort hat sich verändert, ist noch weiter ins Interesse der Sommergäste gerückt und so gibt es gleich zu Beginn des Buches auch eine folgenschwere Begegnung mit den neuen reichen Nachbarn, auf der Theorin so ...more
The Quarry was a slow starter; it took about a quarter of the book for it to finally take off and firmly draw me in. Partly this was due to the fact that the opening of the book wasn't about Per at all, but about a character not mentioned in the flap text, but it was also due to the fact that the action as described in said flap text didn't get going until a quarter of the book in. This doesn't mean that the first quarter of the book was wasted, not at all, it just meant I had to (re)adjust to t ...more
"Blodläge" er Johan Theorins tredje kriminalroman fra Øland. Det er nå vår og i neste bok blir det nok sommer. Man kjenner igjen mange elementer fra "Skumringstimen" og "Nattfåk". Tempoet er bedagelig, men spenningen litt høyere. Den er ikke drevet så mye av stadige cliffhangers, men av de stadige vekslingene mellom ulike historietråder, tråder fra nåtid og fortid, tråder preget av det nøkterne realistiske og det nærmest magiske. Theorin vever disse trådene sammen på mesterlig vis. Men det som i ...more
Katharina Renn
Ich kenne die bereits erschienenen Bücher der Jahreszeitenreihe nicht, was für das Verständnis des Buches jedoch nicht von Bedeutung ist.

Zum Inhalt:

Per Mörner hat auf der Insel, auf der er in seiner Kindheit seine Ferien verbracht hat, ein Haus geerbt und möchte mit seinen Kindern dort wohnen. Sein Sohn ist etwas phlegmatisch und zurückgezogen. Ihn interessiert eigentlich nur der Gameboy. Seine Tochter liegt im Krankenhaus und muss sich einigen Untersuchungen unterziehen. Per hat ein eher schl
Per Mörner hasn’t been in contact with his estranged father Jerry since last year, when he gets a distressed call from him. He finds him wounded in a house that has been set on fire. The house is his father’s film studio and it seems that one of his colleagues is still in the house. Per tries, but cannot rescue him.

The Quarry by Johan Theorin

Per has recently moved to a cottage near the quarry in Öland where he gets to know the neighbours. One woman, Vendela Larsson, believes there are elves abou
What do you write when a book by an author you usually enjoy disappoints?

When it's good enough to finish but not nearly as good as usual.

This is one of those books. It’s the third book in a loosely linked quartet of crime novels, one for each season, set on the Swedish island of Öland. I was very impressed by the first two books in the series, and so I didn’t hesitate to pick this one up.

As spring begins retired Gerlof Davidsson has decides to leave the senior home where he has been living and r
Bernard Depasquale
I realise now as I come to write this that The Quarry was the third of four books set in Oland. I have become very attracted to Swedish crime writers - Asa Larsson being my favourite. So I picked up this book knowing nothing beyond the usual : 'The latest Swedish sensation' on the front cover. Not sure whether starting at the third book was a mistake but the books don't appear to be chronological in story or characters generally speaking.

I persevered with this book - despite finding it slow. I h
Ingrid Verschelling
Na Schemeruur en Nachtstorm van Johan Theorin was ik erg nieuwsgierig naar Steenbloed, het derde deel van de vierdelige cyclus Seizoenen van het Zweedse eiland Öland. Elke keer staat een seizoen centraal. Deze keer de lente.

Ook in dit deel komt de oude schipper Gerlof Davidsson voor, alleen wel aan de zijlijn. Doordat hij de dagboeken van zijn overleden vrouw Ella leest, kom je meer te weten over het contact van Ella met een trollenjong. Gerlof zat in een bejaardentehuis, waar hij gek werd van e
Im März, der Zeit der Schneeschmelze, sind auf der schwedischen Insel Öland die meisten Sommerhäuser noch verschlossen. Per Mörner holt das bescheidene Häuschen am Rand eines Steinbruchs aus dem Winterschlaf, das er vom Cousin seiner Mutter geerbt hat. Mörner kommt aus einem ernsten Grund nach Stenvik auf Öland. Er wird hier zusammen mit Sohn Jesper wohnen, während Tochter Nilla zur Untersuchung im Krankenhaus ist. Kurz nach Mörner zieht auch der pensionierte Kapitän Gerlof wieder in das Sommerh ...more
I was so excited to get this book because Johan Theorin is one of my favorite authors. This is the third book in the Öland quartet. In this one springtime has arrived on the small island and with it new people in the village. As with his previous books there are lots of characters, each with a story and somehow the author manages to twist them all together to create a surprising and satisfying ending.

The A story dealt with the Mörner family. Per Mörner moves to the small village in the spring in
Het derde boek alweer in de Öland serie. Deze keer is de lente aan de beurt.

Verschillende mensen keren terug naar het gebied van hun jeugd: Öland. We maken kennis met o.a. Per Mörner, zoon van een pornokoning die zijn gloriejaren reeds lang geleden achter zich heeft gelaten, en Wendela Larsson die haar jeugd doorbracht op Öland en nu terugkomt om de spoken uit het verleden te verjagen. En natuurlijk is er Gerlof Davidsson. Hij keert het tehuis waar hij woont de rug toe en komt ook terug op Ölan
K Larsson
Jag borde kanske vänta med att skriva något då jag faktiskt inte läst ut boken. Men ärligt talat så vet jag inte om jag kommer att göra det heller.
Jag har uppskattat hans tidigare böcker. Denna känns 'all over the place'. Bilolycka, sjukdom, något slags mordmysterium, älvor.. Osv.. Too much! För många karaktärer, för tunna dialoger och seriöst, Gerlofs frus dagboksanteckningar är bara tråkig läsning!
Alexander Suzdaltsev
Каждая книга автора наполнена мифами и сказочными персонажами, при этом сохраняя статус детектива. Причем, детектива очень крепкого. Во всех 4 книгах цикла действие проходят на шведском острове Эланд в Балтийском море. Порой, встречаются персонажи из 1 книги, что добавляет остроты. В романах Теорина главные роли отведены простым людям, а не полицейским или детективам. При все при этом, в итоге мифы и легенды остаются таковыми, а все поступки и действия людей легко объясняются. Читать одно удовол ...more
Olipas hyvä kirja! Tämän lukeminen sujui minulta jopa joutuisammin kuin kahden edeltäneen osan, pidin tästä ehkä eniten. Keijuja ja peikkoja esiintyi onneksi vain sen verran, että tämmöiselle maagiseen ajatteluun kykenemättömälle lukijalle niitä ei ollut liikaa :) Sen verran nautinnollista kesälukemista, että taidan kaivaa sen seuraavankin osan esiin, vaikka tiiliskivi sekin.
Tanja Berg
Vid påsktid flyttar Per ut till sin ärvda stuga på Öland. Ungefär samtidigt flyttar hans grannar - neurotiska Vendela och hennes obehaglig man Max - in i en nybyggd villa längre upp. Deckarhistorien går ut på att Pers far - som drabbats av stroke och lider av dysfasi och förföljelsemani - blir först försökt innebränd och för att sedan mördas vid en senare tillfälle. Den historien varvas med att Pers dotter är svårt sjuk och tillbakablickar i grannen Vendelas sorgliga barndom och vanföreställning ...more
I love Theorin's writing...when I'm reading one of his books I feel as though I'm actually transported to Oland. This is the third in his quartet, and a few of the characters resurface, but it would not have been necessary to read either of the earlier books. In this book, Per Morner is the son of a porn kingpin and spends much of the book trying to track down his father's ex-employees to make sense of what happens to his father. There's a story line that involves belief in elves and changelings ...more
Bev Taylor
a new swedish thriller writer for me

a beautiful island. an ugly secret. how close can u get to the truth before u become the target?

regulars and holiday homes but they all become intertwined

i found the elves and trolls a bit difficult to digest but u have to admire people who have such strong beliefs

Rob Kitchin
It took me quite a while to get into The Quarry. The story is quite layered and is reasonably well structured, intertwining the lives and histories of a small group of people. The strengths of the book are the characterisation, which was pretty solid, and the sense of place relating to the island and its history and myths. Whilst the plot worked okay in its own terms, I simply didn’t believe the police investigation into the fire and the subsequent death of Jerry. The police barely engaged with ...more
The Quarry is another psychological thriller set on the Swedish island of Öland. I love the admospheric detail Theorin provides along with glimpses of everyday life in Sweden, although in this particular novel, it is a bit of the seamy underbelly variety.
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Throughout his life, Johan Theorin has been a regular visitor to the Baltic island of Öland. His mother’s family – sailors, fishermen and farmers - have lived there for centuries, nurturing the island’s rich legacy of strange tales and folklore. A journalist by profession, Johan now lives in Gothenburg.

Echoes from the Dead (originally published in Sweden as Skumtimmen) is Johan’s first novel. In 2
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The Öland Quartet (4 books)
  • Echoes from the Dead (The Öland Quartet #1)
  • The Darkest Room (The Öland Quartet #2)
  • Rörgast (The Öland Quartet, #4)
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“The May sunshine makes both the trolls and the elves disappear, he thought. They burst like soap bubbles. Only human beings remain, for a little while. We are a brief song beneath the sky, laughter in the wind that ends in a sigh. Then we too are gone.” 5 likes
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