One of the most stunning debuts I've ever read ... every word is near perfect
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.
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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.
BRITISH BOOK AWARDS
Crime and Thriller
Book of the Year 2018
2017 Gold Dagger for
Crime Novel of the Year
THE BARRY AWARDS
2017 Best First Mystery
ABIA Book of the Year
Book of the Year
Indie Book of the Year
Indie Debut Fiction
Book of the Year
2017 NED KELLY AWARDS
Best First Fiction
2017 DAVITT AWARDS
Best Adult Crime Novel
2015 VICTORIAN PREMIER'S
Harper has made her own major mark long before any film version of The Dry
Something mythic and valiant ... a quintessential Australian story beautifully told
A sense of place so vivid you can almost feel the blistering heat add up to a remarkably assured debut
As far as debuts go, it’s one of the best I’ve read