The Dry

The Dry

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"''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."--
Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2017, c2016.
ISBN: 9781250105608
1250105609
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Harper Jane 01/2017
Characteristics: 328 pages ;,24 cm

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laphampeak
Dec 13, 2017

Secrets and mysteries abound in an small, dried up Australian town. Discovering and unraveling the secrets and lies of a past murder/suicide takes Agent Falk on a return hometown journey after a close family was murdered. The plot rather slowly unfolds to a quick and wrapped up surprise ending.

martins_mom Dec 11, 2017

Mystery set in small-town Australia new country for me. Characterization is deep, and the threads of two puzzles - the 20-year-old death of a teenage girl and the present-day shootings of three family members, one of the three the girl’s former boyfriend - are very well woven together. As is often the case, the policeman who solves things is a lone wolf whose own backstory is a tragic one.

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Dreamstime
Dec 05, 2017

The gears turn slowly but then begin to spin rapidly toward the end of the book. Very well written and evokes the distress of a farming community in Australia suffering from a terrible draught. Three family members have died, one by suicide. And a returning homeboy, plagued by memories of his past, returns to unravel the mystery. Be patient because the end is worth it.

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CHRIS_TAY
Oct 30, 2017

Found it to be an excellent read. Couldn't put it down.

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llwboston
Oct 14, 2017

Worth reading for the gripping account of Australian small town residents trying to cope with the catastrophic effects of a years-long drought, a recent murder-suicide, and another, decades-old tragedy. Such a vivid sense of place and character that I finished the novel feeling like I had actually been in rural Australia and gotten to know the residents. Unfortunately, three weakness in the book: 1) the detective/narrator is a r ather dull by-the-numbers "outsider with a haunted past", 2) the present day whodunit was rather easy to guess, 3)the past whodunit, where the most likely suspect turns out to be guilty. I look forward to more from Ms. Harper, but I'm not sure another novel featuring Agent Falk would be my first choice. I would be far more interested in a continuing series with the bar owner as a recurring character!

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melmccurdy
Jun 29, 2017

An apparent murder-suicide of a young family in the outback of Australia, leaves a small town shaken and searching for answers.
Admittedly, I'm not a mystery fan, so my opinion of this book comes with those biases. I thought the story plodded along. Nothing really happened until the last 100 pages of the book. The ending had some twists, but nothing particularly shocking.
This is a potential series with the same cop/investigator continuing on in further books. I wouldn't read a second one.

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gailjackman
Jun 27, 2017

What a wonderful find - another new author for me! I love reading thrillers, mysteries, suspense novels and Jane Harper's debut novel, The Dry, was great. Actually more than great - wonderful, suspenseful, could hardly put down to sleep as checked it out one day and finished it the next. Cannot wait for her #2/2 book featuring Aaron Falk, Federal Agent, who is featured again.

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tallpinetree
Jun 13, 2017

Just a good read. The setting is in Australia and part of the country is in a drought. The author does a good job having the reader feel the parched and dry land and its effect on the people. Good mystery.

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gymgurl
May 30, 2017

Excellent crime fiction that also has great character development. A combination that is hard to come by. Highly recommended.

SPL_Brittany May 19, 2017

For me this novel read like a pot that started as a simmer that little by little without knowing slowly increased its temperature to a full boil. Harper starts slow - for me almost painfully slow, and deftly builds the story to the point where you are compelled and engrossed to figure out who committed the murders of the Hadler family. Was it Luke, who killed his family or could it have been someone else? A chilling thought for a small town already tense with struggles of a 2 year drought and now reeling from triple murder that has shaken the already fragile community. Luke's childhood friend federal agent Aaron Falks, struggles to investigate the murders, and at the same time must face his own past and open up old wounds that were to remain hidden.

Debut author Jane Harper brilliantly captures the atmosphere of the dry and smouldering Australian countryside, you almost feel the crackling of the vegetation and dust in the air and oppressive heat as you turn the pages. A great read for readers who enjoy a strong sense of place, as well as a plot that is entangled with twists and turns and revelations that only a small town can highlight. Enjoy this bit of literary tourism to the countryside of Australia.

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