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The dry : a novel, Jane Harper

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The dry : a novel
Title
The dry
Title remainder
a novel
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Jane Harper
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Language
eng
Summary
"''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."--
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Award
  • Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year, 2017.
  • Australian Book Industry Awards, General Fiction Book of the Year, 2017.
  • Davitt Awards, Best Adult Novel, 2017
  • Davitt Awards, Readers' Choice, 2017
  • Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year, 2017
  • LibraryReads Favorites, 2017
  • Ned Kelly Award for Best First Novel, 2017
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 (Reviewed 11/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 113, number 5, p30)
  • 'Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.' These eight words will change everything for Agent Aaron Falk, summoned by the father or his former best friend. It appears Luke went on a rampage, murdering his wife, son, and then himself. At Luke's father's request, Aaron agrees to look into the murders/suicide and learns that the small town has long held grudges and secrets that may be best kept hidden in this atmospheric, chilling complex tale of anger and revenge. -- Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ. (LibraryReads, January 2017)
  • /* Starred 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.) --Staff (Reviewed 07/11/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 28, p)
  • When Luke Hader and his family are found shot to death at their farm near the small town of Kiewarra, the locals presume it to be a murder-suicide, the desperate act of a man pushed to the brink by financial woes caused by the area's two-year drought. Luke's father is not convinced, though, and asks Aaron Falk, once Luke's best friend and now a police officer in Melbourne, to investigate. But as Aaron probes the case, he faces hostility from the townspeople who remember that 20 years ago he had been a teenage suspect in the drowning death of a young girl; what saved him from being charged were the alibis Luke and Aaron had given each other—alibis that some residents know were lies. Winner of the 2015 Victorian Premier Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript, this first novel by a former journalist was an Australian best seller, but despite the critical acclaim it has received, this work fails on many fronts as a mystery: slow, tedious pacing; poor character development; lack of suspense or surprise (readers can spot the culprit and plot twist a mile away). VERDICT Because of the advance hype, crime fiction fans will want this, but steer disappointed readers to Peter Temple's superior The Broken Shore, which offers a more authentic portrait of small-town Australia. [See Prepub Alert, 7/25/16; library marketing.] --Wilda Williams (Reviewed 11/15/2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 19, p83)
  • /* Starred Review */ A mystery that starts with a sad homecoming quickly turns into a nail-biting thriller about family, friends, and forensic accounting.Federal agent Aaron Falk is called back to his rural Australian hometown for the funeral of his best friend, Luke, who apparently committed suicide after killing his wife and 6-year-old son; he’s also called to reckon with his own past. Falk and his father were run out of town when he was accused of killing his girlfriend. Luke gave him an alibi, but more than one person in town knows he was lying. When Luke’s parents ask Falk to find the truth, long-buried secrets begin to surface. Debut author Harper plots this novel with laser precision, keeping suspects in play while dropping in flashbacks that offer readers a full understanding of what really happened. The setting adds layers of meaning. Kiewarra is suffering an epic drought, and Luke’s suicide could easily be explained by the failure of his farm. The risk of wildfire, especially in a broken community rife with poverty and alcoholism, keeps nerves strung taut. Falk's focus as an investigator is on following the money; nobody in town really understands his job, but his phone number turns up on a scrap of paper belonging to Luke’s late wife, a woman he’d never met. The question throughout is whether Luke’s death is something a CSI of spreadsheets can unravel or if it’s a matter of bad blood from times past finally having reached the boiling point. Falk struggles to separate the two and let his own old grudges go. A fellow investigator chastises him: “You’re staring so hard at the past that it’s blinding you.” A chilling story set under a blistering sun, this fine debut will keep readers on edge and awake long past bedtime.(Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2016)
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Harper, Jane
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR9619.4.H3645
LC item number
D79 2017
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Aaron Falk novels
Series volume
0001
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  • Australia
  • Homecoming
  • Best friends
  • Homicide investigation
  • Truthfulness and falsehood
  • Secrecy
  • Australia
  • Best friends
  • FICTION
  • Police
  • Mystery fiction
  • Adventure fiction
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The dry : a novel, Jane Harper
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First edition.
Extent
328 pages
Isbn
9781250105608
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2016016416
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The dry : a novel, Jane Harper
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25 cm
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First edition.
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328 pages
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9781250105608
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2016016416
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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