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The Dry
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The Dry


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...

Title:The Dry
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:352 pages
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Jun 28, 2016

    I know it's early days, but I have a feeling this will be a top read of 2017 for me; I'll go as far as saying if I had read it last year it would have been in my top 2016 reads. The writing is excelle...

  • Paromjit
    Dec 01, 2016

    This is an astonishingly good crime fiction debut by Jane Harper set in Australia. Aaron Falk and his father were run out of their home in Kiewarra over twenty years ago over rumours of Aaron's hand i...

  • Kristin (KC)
    Feb 15, 2017

    *4.5 stars!*What a book. I had to sleep on this one. Not like, right on top of it, it was just a little to the left of my pillow, but I needed time to process. It’s not as though this read was so in...

  • Suzanne
    May 05, 2016

    5 unflinchingly bright hot stars for 'The Dry'Love having reading friends to share books with! Thanks Mel. Very glad to have unexpectedly stumbled across this one, considering I’d had a recent conve...

  • Elyse
    Apr 04, 2017

    "Officially the worse conditions in a century" .....Melbourne, Australia."The weather pattern had a bad name" ----"El Nino" ----in "The Dry"."El Nino" refers to "the little boy", so named because the ...

  • Larry H
    Feb 20, 2017

    Wow, this was really a great book! I love it when books which are hyped actually live up to the praise they're getting, and Jane Harper's The Dry definitely did.This book had everything—great writ...

  • Matt
    Feb 22, 2017

    Succumbing to some of the biblio-peer pressure surrounding Jane Harper's debut novel, I thought I ought to make a little time and see what she had to offer. Australia has been hit with one of its wors...

  • Cheri
    May 04, 2017

    4.5 Stars ”The Outback is impossible, forever and it’s freeNo way can I find an end to what it means to me” Sing You the Outback John WilliamsonMere days ago, I was inundated by water. Water, wa...

  • Norma
    Mar 21, 2017

    Holy Cow!  What a wonderful book!  This book definitely had all my senses on high alert while reading this one!  The mood, the atmosphere, the setting, the tone, the format….."Her goodbye as she ...

  • Meredith
    Oct 13, 2016

    This beautifully written mystery transported me to Kiewarra, Australia, a small farming community that is suffering from a drought, and also from being mired in the past. Aaron Falk, a federal financi...