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The Dry Hardcover – 5 Jan 2017

4.5 out of 5 stars 1,524 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Aaron Falk Series

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (12 Jan. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408708175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408708170
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.9 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,524 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I devoured it in just over 24 hours...Spellbinding (Ian Rankin)

It is hard to believe that this accomplished piece of writing, which returns again and again to the savage beauty of the landscape, is Harper's first novel (Sunday Times, Crime Book of the Month January 2017)

Wonderfully atmospheric, The Dry is both a riveting murder mystery and a beautifully wrought picture of a rural community under extreme pressure (Mail on Sunday Thriller of the Week, January 2017)

Harper's debut novel is The Dry, a crime thriller making its way up The Sunday Times Bestsellers charts as steadily as the mercury rises each day in the stricken agricultural town of Kiewarra, in which it is set...It feels like an Ur-Australian novel, a whodunit that evokes the punishing landscape and searing aridity so convincingly, you expect a heat haze to shimmer above the page (Patricia Nichol Culture, Sunday Times)

A stunningly atmospheric read (Val McDermid, bestselling author of Out of Bounds)

An award-winner in its native Australia, in this first book from journalist Harper a local cop investigates the murder of a family in a small town enduring the worst drought in 100 years. This could be the start of an Antipodean wave that will overtake Scandi noir (Nick Curtis Evening Standard, The Most Talked About Books of the Summer)

This superb debut from a British-born, Australia-based journalist grips like a vice from the first paragraph to the last, atmospherically evoking the isolated town of Kiewarra, outside Melbourne, which has been rocked by a horrific murder/suicide...Told with heartbreaking precision and extraordinary emotional power, it reveals the prejudices, secrets and lies of small-town life against the background of emotions inflamed by heat (Daily Mail, Best Books for the Summer 2017)

The writing is fantastic, and the plot - where many mystery/thrillers fall short these days - was completely unpredictable in the best ways possible... Aaron Falk, returns to his hometown in Australia to mourn, and inevitably investigate, his best friend's apparent suicide. What comes next is a series of twists and turns that will keep you guessing all the way until the end. I repeatedly found myself shocked and pulled in by Harper's fast paced and engrossing writing. Truly a fantastic read and hopefully the first of many to come from Ms. Harper (An Amazon Best Book of January 2017, Amazon.com)

A sad, beautifully told tale of lives regretted (The Times)

'Jane Harper's fleet novel about a triple killing is packed with sneaky moves and teasing possibilities that keep the reader guessing...The Dry is a breathless page-turner...The dryness that gives the book its eerie title looms large in the novel's finale, when certain kinds of weapons become even more terrible than those used to butcher the Hadlers...The Dry has caught the attention of Reese Witherspoon, who has a solid track record for spotting novels with strong movie potential. (Want some evidence? Gone Girl.) But Ms Hadler has made her own major mark long before any film version comes along (Janet Maslin New York Times)

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IN A TOWN WITHOUT RAIN, SOME SECRETS ARE NEVER WASHED AWAY

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