The dry

by Harper, Jane

Format: Print Book 2017.
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Summary

"A breathless page-turner, driven by the many revelations Ms. Harper dreams up…You'll love [her] sleight of hand…A secret on every page." --The New York Times

"One of the most stunning debuts I've ever read… Every word is near perfect. " --David Baldacci

A small town hides big secrets in The Dry , an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke's steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn't tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there's more to Luke's death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Australian author Harper's debut is a stunner. Sold in a bidding war (the film rights were bought soon thereafter), it's a small-town, big-secrets page-turner with a shocker of an ending evocative of Nancy Pickard's The Virgin of Small Plains (2006). Harper tells the heart-wrenching tale of a man named Aaron Falk, who returns to his hometown to attend the funeral of a friend who is believed to have shot his wife and son and then killed himself. The town is in perilous decline, undergoing the worst drought in a century. The idyllic river of Falk's youth has dried up, and all that remains is a monstrous wound. Now a federal agent, Falk begins to question the details of the crime and, together with the town's police sergeant, Raco, undertakes a painful investigation. Twenty years earlier, Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion surrounding a young woman's death. This still-unsolved case simmers in the boiling air, and the townsfolk are resentful of Falk's presence. Falk and Raco manage to unravel secrets new and old in the course of uncovering the sad truths behind both crimes. Recommend this one to fans of James Lee Burke and Robert Crais, who mix elements of bromance into their hard-boiled tales. But the book's appeal extends further: the Australian setting will attract both followers of Peter Corris' long-running Cliff Hardy series, as well as Golden Age fans who remember Arthur Upfield's novels, especially Gripped by Drought, published in 1932.--Murphy, Jane Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "At the start of Australian author Harper's devastating debut, Melbourne-based federal agent Aaron Falk returns to his drought-stricken hometown, Kiewarra, for three funerals-those of popular school aid Karen Hadler; her six-year-old son, Billy; and her husband, Luke, Aaron's childhood best friend. Luke apparently murdered Karen and Billy before turning the shotgun on himself. Falk knows better than anyone that his charismatic mate may have had a darker side-two decades earlier as teens they gave each other bogus alibis for the afternoon of high school crush Ellie Deacon's suspicious death by drowning. When Luke's brokenhearted parents beg Falk to investigate, he can't refuse. But as Falk begins digging with the help of recently arrived Sgt. Greg Raco, including looking into a possible connection to the earlier tragedy, he swiftly discovers that a badge may not protect him from a town driven to the brink. From the ominous opening paragraphs, all the more chilling for their matter-of-factness, Harper, a journalist who writes for Melbourne's Herald Sun, spins a suspenseful tale of sound and fury as riveting as it is horrific. Agent: Daniel Lazar, Writers House. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Aaron Falk book series
#1 - The Dry
#2 - Force of nature
Subjects Homecoming -- Fiction.
Best friends -- Death -- Fiction.
Homicide investigation -- Fiction.
Truthfulness and falsehood -- Fiction.
Secrecy -- Fiction.
Australia -- Officials and employees -- Fiction.
Australia -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Publisher New York :2017.
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 328 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781250105608
1250105609
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