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The Dry : Aaron Falk - Jane Harper


Published: 31st May 2016
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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 ...

About the Author

Jane Harper has worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK. She lives in Melbourne and writes for the Herald Sun, among other publications. Winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, The Dry is her first novel with rights sold to over twenty territories.


Australian Story to Kep you guessing


Read for my book club. Title unexciting but the story soon drew me in. It described the blazing heat of country Australia in the summer with the cicadas ringing in your ears.

Sydney, Australia


Did not work out the culprit


I can usually work out the mystery well before the end of a book - not this time.

Sydney, Australia


Well written, beautifully crafted atmosphere.


One of the best reads I've had this year.

Horsham, Victoria


Loved it.


Page turner.

Victoria Australia


Fantastic aussie writer. When is the next coming.


Can't put down type of book.



My first ebook. So worth the effort. Loved it.


I'm new at this. I need practise.

Qld, Australia.


Great Australian crime thriller


I loved this book, and it captured Australia so well!

Melbourne, Australia


Suspenseful thriller set in country Australia


While maybe not a page turner, I was kept enthralled from the outset until the finish which was a little unexpected. Always great to read a thriller when you can't pick 'who dunit'!

Sydney, Australia


Good read


This is essentially a whodunnit crime novel but written very well to give a sense of life in country Victoria



Really enjoyed this story.


I enjoyed this book and will definitely read her next one.



The Dry

4.3 12


"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 "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..." Booklist

Winner of the 2015 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript

Jane Harper

Jane Harper was born in Manchester in the UK, and moved to Australia with her family at age eight.

She spent six years in Boronia, Victoria, and during that time gained Australian citizenship.

Returning to the UK with her family as a teenager, she lived in Hampshire before studying English and History at the University of Kent in Canterbury.

On graduating, she completed a journalism entry qualification and got her first reporting job as a trainee on the Darlington & Stockton Times in County Durham.

Jane worked for several years as a senior news journalist for the Hull Daily Mail, before moving back to Australia in 2008.

She worked first on the Geelong Advertiser, and in 2011 took up a role with the Herald Sun in Melbourne.

In 2014, Jane submitted a short story which was one of 12 chosen for the Big Issue's annual Fiction Edition.

That inspired her to pursue creative writing more seriously, and that year she applied for the Curtis Brown Creative online 12-week novel writing course.

She was accepted with a submission for the book that would become The Dry.

Jane lives in St Kilda with her husband and daughter.

Visit Jane Harper's Booktopia Author Page

ISBN: 9781743549995
ISBN-10: 1743549997
Series: Aaron Falk
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 31st May 2016
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Edition Type: Digital original