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Johan Theorin
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23 Jun 2011 Oland Quartet (Book 1)

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 alive? And why does he think he's still a threat to his life?

When Jerry dies in hospital a few days later, Per becomes determined to find out what really happened. But the closer he gets to the truth, the more danger he finds himself in.

And nowhere is more dangerous than the nearby quarry...


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (23 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385619294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385619295
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Echoes from the Dead (originally published in Sweden as Skumtimmen) is Johan's first novel. In 2007, it was voted Best First Crime Novel by the Swedish Academy of Crime, was a Top Ten bestseller in Sweden, and has been sold all over the world. His second novel, The Darkest Room (originally published as Nattfåk) was voted the Best Swedish Crime Novel of 2008, won the prestigious Glass Key Award for best Nordic Crime Novel, and was a Swedish Number One bestseller.

A journalist by profession, Johan is currently working on the third novel in his Öland quartet of books, all of which are set on the island which means so much to him.

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"An intriguing book with well drawn characters" (Metro)

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The third novel set on the Baltic island of Oland from bestselling Swedish author and winner of the CWA International Award 2010.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 30 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
I read this book in just over a day. The wonderfully drawn characters mixed with local folklore spin a terrific tale. I was gripped from the beginning right to the end, and that doesn't happen to me very often! Try it, you won't be disappointed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Scandinavians are coming 23 Jun 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I love a good crime story and whilst it's the exotic and unusual that attract the majority of readers, its refreshing to get one that goes back to good old fashioned basics to present the reader with a story motivated mystery that can have echo's with true crime.

What makes the genre particularly exciting for me currently is the influx of Scandinavian authors who not only devote the time to crafting meticulous stories but also present the reader with a whole landscape to envisage that is as hard as those decended from the original inhabitants. What works very well with this title by Johan is the characters who endear themselves to the reader, in this case, I had a particular affinity to Gerlof Davidson, who whilst he wasn't the story linchpin was a cast member to helped make this story more than memorable.

Add to this a wonderfully flowing translation from the original language, a great plot line alongside a whole host of characters that I'd like to meet and it's a story that really will create something special for the reader. Back that up with a wonderful sense of prose alongside decent dialogue and it's easy to see why, in crime circles, the ancient warning again echoes throughout the land "The Scandinavians are coming..."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Common Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Theorin's books form a quartet of novels based on the island of Öland in the Baltic Sea. Theorin has had long familiarity with Öland having been a regular visitor there from childhood and coming from a family whose antecedents lived their for centuries as sailors, fishermen and farmers. The island is noted for it's strange folklore involving trolls and ljusalfer (a sort of elf).

In The Quarry, we read of Per Morner, a divorced father of two teenagers who has taken over an old wooden house on Öland and has decided to live there for the summer while he carries on his work as a telephone pollster. Morner has two difficult situations to cope with; his daughter Nilla is in hospital undergoing investigations into a potentially dangerous medical condition. In addition to this, his elderly father Jerry has had a stroke and is no longer coping on his own - to make things more complicated, his father is a renowned pornographer whose life has been dominated by dubious business transactions and affairs with porn-stars.

Theorin creates quite a cast of characters in The Quarry, and as Per Morner arrives on the island for his summer break with his father and son in tow, he finds that near neighbour Vandela Larrson is planning to arrange a neighbourly get-together in her home so that the summer visitors can get to know each other. Vandela has history on the island and it is through her that we learn about the folk-lore and history of the place, with occasional flash-backs to her childhood on a nearby farm.

Before long Per Morner has a whole raft of problems to deal with. His daughter's condition deteriorates rapidly and he has to engage with his ex-wife and find a way of sharing their mutual concern.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 15 Dec 2011
By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed every page of this psychological thriller which starts slowly with the story of a kind of an "everyman" with a lot of family problems and gradually builds into a doozy of an action murder mystery. Rising Swedish author Johan Theorin likes to set his books in austere and isolated places--often the Baltic island of Oland--and mines the bleakness and cold of the place to augment the element of fear and hopelessness that he brings into play. Such is the case with "The Quarry", where the principal characters live on the edge of an abandoned limestone quarry, surrounded by wetlands.

The "everyman" protagonist of the novel is Per Morner who is trying to cope with being a divorced father of two teenagers--one very ill--while looking after a father with failing health and a very dodgy past in pornography; and keeping up with a very unfulfilling job as a telephone pollster. All these situations are to get worse rather rapidly and his father's condition, in particular, leads to a downward spiral that includes several brutal murders.

Morner has retreated to a small house on Oland that he has inherited and there he finds himself with a new set of friends of foes that connect his ongoing problems with the folklore and crimes of the island's past. All of this is woven together with considerable skill by author Theorin who really knows how to evoke a sense of place and how to portray the internal feelings of personal distress that most of his characters experience in this story.

While the book is quite dark throughout, the effect is not overly oppressive. I found myself pulled into the fates of Per Morner and his family and several of the secondary characters in a positive and really enjoyable way. This is an intelligent, engrossing novel that will please both mystery and general fiction readers alike. Highly recommended.

Also recommended is Theorin's "The Darkest Room."
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quarry --Johan Theorin 10 July 2011
By Simon Clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER
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'The Quarry' is the third novel by the award winning Johan Theorin,
based on the Swedish island of Oland.
Per Morner has inherited his uncle's cottage on the island,near the
quarry,where local legend has it that there was a battle between the
trolls and the elves.He is planning the visit of his children over
Easter,when he has to assist his father who narrowly escapes death
in an arson attack on his property ,where two other people die.
His father worked in the pornography industry ,and when he dies in
hospital,after being deliberately hit by a car,Per conducts his own
investigation,and becomes enmeshed in his father's dubious past.
This book is so much more than a mystery story.It is a well-crafted
atmospheric novel with an array of full engaging characters.It
interestingly explores both family relationships and the legends and
myths of Oland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good
This is the third I have read and they get better and better.. Interesting characters and intriguing plots. A pleasing lack of sadistic details and good detective work.
Published 2 months ago by marionq
4.0 out of 5 stars The Quarry
I’m thoroughly enjoying working my way through the books written by Johan Theorin and translated into English from their native Swedish. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Keen Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Another triumph
I Have loved Theorin's previous Oland books and this one did not disappoint. The characters histories unfolded gently before my eyes and the landscape, as always, played its role... Read more
Published 5 months ago by homemaker
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
A crime novel and more. I like this series. I am left with a sense of place, different, very credible characters and a great story. A page turner.
Published 5 months ago by Ms Fraser
3.0 out of 5 stars a mixture of magical , the spooky and a swedish thriller
yes I enjoyed this book , I enjoy Theorins style and the way Oland can be experienced . I don't believe this is as strong as the previous 2 and definitely not as creepy . Read more
Published 12 months ago by cartoon
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quarry
Johan Theorin is now my favourite Swedish crime author, along with Asa Larsson. The crime is actually less important than the wonderful sense of place (the island of Oland) the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Barbara Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
I liked The Quarry but as others have said it isn't as good as his first book.Even so I like the author's writing style & it is nice to see some of the same characters from the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by J. Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars The Quarry-Johan Theorin
There is a wide mixture of views on this novel-some people think it's good, others not so! I personally enjoyed reading this book, but felt it was not quite as good as the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Cadmonster
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Scandi mystery
I consume these so good to find another author to choose from to add to my growing collection of mysteries and procedurals
Published 15 months ago by Bookend
4.0 out of 5 stars More please, Mr Theorin
Having read and enjoyed both The Darkest Room and Echoes From The Dead I needed very little persuasion to snuggle down with this, the third in the Oland series of crime... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Scholastica
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