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The Dry

(2016)
(The first book in the Aaron Falk series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Anthony Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
Barry Awards Best First Novel
Macavity Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
Dagger Awards Best Book
Jane Harper's new novel, The Survivors, is now available for pre-order

WINNER OF THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS CRIME THRILLER BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018
WINNER OF THE CWA GOLD DAGGER AWARD 2017
Amazon.com's #1 Pick for Best Mystery & Thriller 2017

'One of the most stunning debuts I've ever read...Read it!' David Baldacci

'Packed with sneaky moves and teasing possibilities that keep the reader guessing...The Dry is a breathless page-turner' Janet Maslin, New York Times

WHO REALLY KILLED THE HADLER FAMILY?

I just can't understand how someone like him could do something like that.

Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn't rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty.

Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation. As questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him twenty years earlier. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke's death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, secrets from his past and why he left home bubble to the surface as he questions the truth of his friend's crime.

Praise forThe Dry

'Spellbinding' Ian Rankin

'Riveting' Mail on Sunday

'Stunningly atmospheric' Val McDermid

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"One of the most stunning debuts I've ever read. I could feel the searing heat of the Australia setting. Every word is near perfect. The story builds like a wave seeking the purchase of earth before it crashes down and wipes out everything you might have thought about this enthralling tale. Read it!" - David Baldacci

"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

"You can almost feel the searing heat of the Australian drought in this intense, gripping, atmospheric tale. A compulsive read." - Kate Hamer

"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. It's rare, that sense of transportation, and I loved every minute of it." - John Hart

"One of the best crime debuts of 2017 - literary Broadchurch meets Top of the Lake." - Joseph Knox

"Terrific characters, unique and evocative setting, knockout plot construction. This book has it all." - John Lescroart

"Put up your tray table, buckle your seatbelt, and sit back: you've found the right book for this flight. Set in the flash-ready tinder of a town going under, The Dry is a cracking good read that will have you hoping the pilot decides to circle the airport before landing. A hit by land or air." - Laura McBride

"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


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Title: The Dry (Thorndike Press Large Print Peer Picks)
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Title: Dry
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2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Dry: The Sunday Times Crime Book of the Year 2017
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ISBN: 0-349-14211-4 / 978-0-349-14211-1 (UK edition)
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Title: The Dry
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ISBN: 1-925481-37-9 / 978-1-925481-37-2 (Australia edition)
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July 2016 : Paperback
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Title: The Dry (16pt Large Print Edition)
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ISBN: 0-369-31967-2 / 978-0-369-31967-8
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Title: The Dry
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ISBN: 1-74354-805-2 / 978-1-74354-805-9 (Australia edition)
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Title: The Dry
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Title: The Dry: A Novel
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Title: The Dry
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July 2016 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Dry
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ISBN: 1-5100-3613-X / 978-1-5100-3613-0 (UK edition)
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January 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Dry: A Novel
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May 2016 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: The Dry (Aaron Falk Book 1)
Author(s): Jane Harper
Publisher: Macmillan Australia
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May 2016 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Dry: The Sunday Times Crime Book of the Year 2017
Author(s): Jane Harper
Publisher: Abacus
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