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The Dry (Paperback)
During the worst Australian drought in decades, Federal Agent Aaron Falk is summoned back to his home town in the outback to investigate the death of his best friend Luke. Luke had been his alibi when he was accused of murder twenty years ago. But now it seems someone else knows a different version of the event and now that Luke is dead there may be vengeance afoot. So much more than the tale of a simple murder in a tiny town, Harper’s debut thriller is a pulse-pounding page turner with characters that seem so real you are tempted to cheer the hero and hiss the villains! Look for more by Ms. Harper soon. She is a formidable newcomer to the emerging genre of Australian mystery!— Susan
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"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.
About the Author
Jane Harper has worked as a print journalist for 13 years both in Australia and the UK. She is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2008, where she lives in Melbourne. The Dry, her debut novel, was an international bestseller. Force of Nature is her second internationally bestselling novel featuring Aaron Falk.