One of the most stunning debuts I've ever read ... every word is near perfect

David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Guilty
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The Dry

Jane Harper's debut novel

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 start bleeding into fresh ones. 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...

The Dry is on sale in Australia (Pan Macmillan), the United States (Flatiron Books) and the United Kingdom (Little, Brown). The Dry has also been sold to more than 30 foreign language territories.

Read Chapter 1 here first

From the author

My main aim when I was creating The Dry was to write the kind of book I would enjoy reading myself.

I love novels with a mystery element and a few twists and turns along the way – that's what I hope I've delivered with this book.

I feel The Dry is a mystery at its heart but, as I was writing, it became a book about many other things as well – community pressures, what happens when the bonds of loyalty are stretched too far, and how difficult it is for anyone to ever really shed their past.

I wanted to write something that would primarily entertain and engage readers, a story they would feel inspired to share with their family and friends.

It was incredibly rewarding to see this book through to publication, and I'm thrilled it is on the shelves and being supported by so many fantastic booksellers and readers.

Ultimately I hope that you enjoy reading The Dry as much as I enjoyed writing it.
JANE HARPER

Awarded...

BRITISH BOOK AWARDS

Crime and Thriller
Book of the Year 2018

CRIME WRITERS'
ASSOCIATION (UK)

2017 Gold Dagger for
Crime Novel of the Year

THE BARRY AWARDS

2017 Best First Mystery

ABIA Book of the Year
ABIA Fiction
Book of the Year

Indie Book of the Year
Indie Debut Fiction
Book of the Year

Ned Kelly Awards logo

2017 NED KELLY AWARDS

Best First Fiction

2017 DAVITT AWARDS

Best Adult Crime Novel
Readers' Choice

Wheeler Centre logo

2015 VICTORIAN PREMIER'S
LITERARY AWARDS

Unpublished Manuscript

Reviews

quotegraphicThe New York Times

Harper has made her own major mark long before any film version of The Dry
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quotegraphicSyd Morning Herald

Something mythic and valiant ... a quintessential Australian story beautifully told
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quotegraphicThe Guardian

A sense of place so vivid you can almost feel the blistering heat add up to a remarkably assured debut
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quotegraphicSimon McDonald

As far as debuts go, it’s one of the best I’ve read
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