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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
Mar 16, 2012 Janette Fleming rated it it was amazing
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
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 es de esos grandes plot-twists a los que nos tiene acostumbrados el autor, no obstante, hay una parte de la conclusión que sí me sorprendió.

Buen libro.
Aug 11, 2012 Eva rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 03, 2017 Madla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kniha půjčená v knihovně naslepo, snad, že mě zaujal obal.
Švédsko, mýty a legendy, detektivní zápletka, různé osudy, proplétající se mezi sebou. Moc se mi to líbilo a už šilhám po dalších knihách stejného autora.
Julie Mestdagh
"Steenbloed" is het derde boek in een reeks van vier waarin Johan Theorin telkens één van de seizoenen aan bod laat komen op het Zweedse öland. Toen ik het boek kocht wist ik niet dat er 2 voorgangers waren en ik heb het dus als eerste gelezen. Het verhaal op zich is heel goed te volgen en ik denk ook niet dat het een handicap is als je de eerste twee niet hebt gelezen (al had ik ze waarschijnlijk wel beter in volgorde gelezen).

Het is lente in Oland en het leven op het eiland komt weer op gang.
Pamela Scott
Jul 15, 2014 Pamela Scott rated it really liked it
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
Sep 07, 2013 Sue rated it did not like it
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
Graham Botha
Jan 14, 2015 Graham Botha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tanja Berg
Aug 02, 2011 Tanja Berg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
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
Fanny Westin
Lite seg och flummig men mycket välskriven. Hans andra böcker, så som Battfåk, är dock bättre!
Oct 13, 2016 Mandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely the weakest of the trilogy. If I had read this first, I might not have read the others. I think the book had a much poorer main plot and missed having a central police figure. Even Gerlof's role wasn't as effective and I found the elves subplot rather wierd and unconvincing. Much preferred the ghosts in the previous book. Having said that, I still like his writing style and will probably look out for future novels by Theorin.
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
Jan 09, 2011 Anke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ingrid Verschelling
Apr 11, 2013 Ingrid Verschelling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, scandie, thriller
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
Jul 11, 2011 Mieneke rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, 2011
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
Katharina Renn
Feb 08, 2013 Katharina Renn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Karen Brooks
May 13, 2016 Karen Brooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in The Oland Quartet, The Quarry by Johan Theorin, follows the same sort of pattern established in the first two. While we have some of the same characters reappearing (the Davidsson family, in particular, Gertlof is the anchor or common thread that loosely links these marvellous tales), each novel centres on newcomers or new characters to the island and a mystery and/or tragedy surrounding them.
In this book, the newcomers are the Morner family: Pers and his two children. Pers in
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
Jul 01, 2011 Jane rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
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
Aug 02, 2011 JudithAnn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Bernard Depasquale
Jan 08, 2013 Bernard Depasquale rated it liked it
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
Cathy Cole
Jul 07, 2016 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Johan Theorin is a master at setting a scene, and he brings the natural beauty of Öland to life. He's also a master of atmosphere, and the feeling in The Quarry is one of slowly building dread. Secrets have remained buried for decades, and they are demanding to be brought out into the light.

Theorin weaves stories of elves and trolls, of the early days of the Swedish porn industry, and of a long disused quarry into a riveting story of poverty and neglect, love and murder. His characters are so w
Jun 08, 2010 Aleksander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
"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
Jan 13, 2015 Helen rated it really liked it
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
Rob Kitchin
May 07, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it liked it
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
Jul 30, 2014 Bosorka rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 31, 2010 Sharonm rated it really liked it
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
Jan 30, 2014 Imbtsman rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Minty McBunny
Thanks to the Bay County library for getting this book in English (The Quarry) through Interlibrary Loan. I had loved the second, thanks to ILL I was able to read the first as well as this one. I had a hard time getting involved in this story, and I was in a time crunch to read it before I had to get it back to the library, but overall I found it a fairly enjoyable mystery. The translation was a bit bumpy in places, but it was still interesting. I definitely think The Darkest Room is the stronge ...more
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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.

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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.” 6 likes
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