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The Dry

Book of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards book
Fiction
ANZ Pan Macmillan (Ed. Cate Paterson)
UK & Comm Little, Brown & Company (Ed. Clare Smith)
US & Canada Flatiron (Ed. Amy Einhorn)
Feb 2017

Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, a farmer turns his gun on his family and then himself. The rural community of Kiewarra is facing desperate choices daily. If one of their number broke under the strain, well, there but for the grace of God…

But as questions mount and suspicion casts a long shadow over the parched town, specialist investigator Aaron Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him twenty years earlier. Because Falk and childhood friend Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke’s death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds start bleeding into fresh ones. 

The Dry is a story of desperation, resolution and small-town prejudice, played out against the blistering extremes of life on the land.

Awards: Winner: 2015 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Victorian Writer, 2017 Indie Book Awards Book of the Year, 2017 Indie Book Awards for Debut Fiction, 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards Australian General Fiction Book of the Year Award, Australian Book Industry Awards Australian Book of the Year Award, 2017 Davitt Awards - Best Adult Novel, 2017 Davitt Awards - Readers' Choice Award, 2017 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Novel, 2017 AudioFile EarPhones Award; Highly Commended: 2016 Christina Stead Fiction Award; Shortlisted: 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards for The Matt Richell Award for New Writers, 2017 UK Crime Writer's Association Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel

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Reviews

'The Dry,’ a Page-Turner of a Mystery Set in a Parched Australia

Jane Harper's fleet novel about a triple killing is packed with sneaky moves and teasing possibilities that keep the reader guessing...it's hard to believe this is her first novel... The Dry is a breathless page-turner 

Janet Maslin
The New York Times
Full Review


Solid storytelling that, despite a plethora of flashbacks, never loses momentum, strong characterisation and sense of place so vivid that you can almost feel the blistering heat add up to a remarkably assured debut

Laura Wilson
The Guardian


A sad, beautifully told tale of lives regretted.

The Times

Crime Book of the Month January 2017

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

Thriller of the Week

Wonderfully atmospheric, The Dry is both a riveting murder mystery and a beautifully wrought picture of rural community under extreme pressure

Mail on Sunday

An Amazon Best Book of January 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

Amazon.com


Pulse-thumping suspense... Building from the first page, rammed with atmosphere, suspicions, lies and tension, this is a first-class crime debut

Fanny Blake's Great Reads
Woman & Home


Set in a small Australian town during a blistering drought, this creepy and tightly woven tale about a detective investigating a brutal triple-murder is getting huge global attention for all the right reasons - it's brilliant!

Heat Magazine


Settle in a comfy chair and read... The Dry by Jane Harper. This gripping novel charts a policeman's unwilling participation in the investigation of a terrible murder in the town of his youth, and is set to be the biggest crime release of 2017

GQ Magazine


The Dry is a well-crafted debut and Jane Harper, while delivering the necessary twists and turns
that make a good crime novel, also captures the tension created by the climatic and economic
conditions of the area.

Claire McAlpine
BookBrowse


With more than one mystery being unraveled simultaneously, The Dry keeps up a brisk pace, is
full of surprises, and has the right balance of tension without overindulging in the brutal,
tense-suspense formula of many potboilers today.

Claire McAlpine
BookBrowse


The Dry is a story that carries the reader to the arid, drought suffering region of Australia in a
way that reminded me of Douglas Kennedy's thrilling debut novel set in the lesser known,
slightly terrifying, remote and usually uninhabited Australian Outback

Claire McAlpine
BookBrowse


The Dry has the structure and momentum of a classic western, a searingly authentic sense of place and an elegiac feel for youth's passing.....this is a first-rate piece of work.

Declan Hughes
WeekendReview, The Irish Times


The Dry is one of the most talked-about debuts of the new year.....Harper's story is tightly plotted and moves briskly, the tension as brittle and incendiary as the dried-out crops on the Kiewarra farms.

Lauren Bufferd
BookPage, US


Spellbinding.

Ian Rankin


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. 

Sunday Times Culture


“So accomplished, I couldn't believe it was a debut. The pace is whiplike and the writing is heaven.”—

Susie Steiner, author of Missing, Presumed


I loved The Dry by Jane Harper, I thought it was magnificent, like everybody else did...Fabulous!

Marian Keyes