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 are reopened. 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 ...

Author: 
Jane Harper
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Judges Report: 

A nuanced, deftly plotted mystery set in the dry dust of a country town filled with secrets and long-held grudges, The Dry is fast-paced and filled with characters who are flawed and interesting. Harper’s debut is a compulsively readable book. 

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