"You will feel the heat, taste the dust and blink into the glare. The Dry is a wonderful crime novel that shines a light into the darkest corner of a sunburnt country." Michael Robotham
"One of the most stunning debuts I've ever read ... Read it!" David Baldacci
WHO REALLY KILLED THE HADLER FAMILY?
Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well ...
When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge.
And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds are reopened. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret ... A secret Falk thought long-buried ... A secret which Luke's death starts to bring to the surface ...
MORE PRAISE FOR THE DRY
a suspenseful tale of sound and fury as riveting as it is horrific
Publishers Weekly (US)
Every so often a debut novel arrives that is so tightly woven and compelling it seems the work of a novelist in her prime. That's what Jane Harper has given us with The Dry, a story so true to setting and tone it seemed I fell asleep in Virginia only to wake in Australian heat.
John Hart, New York Times bestselling author of Redemption Road
It's extremely rare and exciting to read a debut that enthralls from the very first page and then absolutely sticks the landing. Told with heart and guts and an authentic sense of place that simply cannot be faked, The Dry is the debut of the year.
C.J. Box, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Off The Grid
Australian author Harper's debut is a stunner. Recommend this one to fans of James Lee Burke and Robert Crais...
Winner of the 2015 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript
The book that started the Australian Bush Thriller craze! In a tinder-dry town, all it will take is a single spark to set the town afire. That spark is the murder of a small family, and everyone thinks they know who did it. This book deserves all the hype! - Eleanor (QBD)
Set against the backdrop of rural Australia, Harper's debut is a masterpiece of crime fiction. With characters so complex they make the pages breathe and a story steeped in tragic mystery, you won't know who to trust as you, alongside protagonist Aaron Falk, unravel the dark truth that holds the fragile threads of the town of Kiewarra together. - Jenna (QBD)
Set in the Australian town of Kiewarra, a local family of three are found brutally slain. Aaron Falk a Federal Police investigator and childhood friend of one of the family members, reluctantly returns to his hometown for the funeral after 20 years since he left. Questions mount on the murders and Falk is forced to look deeper into the deaths. What secrets will be uncovered and why did he leave? - Fabiola (QBD)
Could not put it down! LOVED every page!
The Dry is Jane Harper's debut novel. Aaron Falk left Kiewarra and didn't look back. Now a police officer, he returns home to attend a funeral of his childhood friend, Luke. But perhaps there is more to Luke's death than meets the eye...How did he die? And why did Aaron leave all those years ago? - Kate (QBD)