The Dry

The Dry

Written by Jane Harper

Narrated by Steve Shanahan

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Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, a farmer turns his gun on his family and then himself. 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.

A story of desperation, resolution and small-town prejudice, played out against the blistering extremes of life on the land. Nominated for the 2017 CWA Golden Dagger Award. “You will feel the heat, taste the dust and blink into the glare. The Dry is a wonderful crime novel that shines a light into the darkest corner of a sunburnt country.” MICHAEL ROBOTHAM

Author: Jane Harper
Narrator: Steve Shanahan
Genres: Modern Fiction, Thriller
Categories: Fiction > Adult
ISBN: 9781510057876
Type: CD
Item No: DIR3153
Duration: 9 hours, 45 minutes
Publication Date: 12 January 2017
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  • I'm not normally a fan of murder mysteries, I find they tend to be a bit samey, but I loved this book. The story is set in the present, but features many flashbacks which leave you as intrigued about the 20-year old murder as they do the possibly unexplained shooting - was the mass shooting a murder/suicide by someone within the family or was it a murder? A number of possibilities are explored and all the possible theories are given enough weight to make sure that you are genuinely surprised by the conclusion, ultimately the listener is let in on the culprit for the historical murder too. The author creates a brilliantly claustrophobic setting - I'm from a small village and she really has captured the way it can be; everybody thinks they know everything about everybody and mud really sticks. Definitely an author I'll be looking out for and I hope she writes more featuring the lead in this book, Aaron Falk.The narrator of the book, Steve Shanahan, apparently teaches voice-over work (it's obvious on listening to this as to why) - he's amazing and captures the characters and the tone of the book perfectly, he's never too over-dramatic and equally you never feel he's phoning it in. Even his the Scottish accent he adopts to play the barkeeper isn't bad - I find a lot of people putting on a Scots accent tend to go overboard, Shanahan does not.
    By Ailsa Malone from Galloway
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