Australian author Jane Harper has been shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) 2017 Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel for The Dry. Harper worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK until she won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript for her bestselling debut The Dry, which sold to over twenty territories, with film rights sold to Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea.
Since its release, The Dry has won the 2017 ABIA Book of the Year, the 2017 ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year, and the 2017 Indie Book Awards Book of the Year.
“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
The Crime Writers Association Daggers have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over fifty years. Currently ten Daggers are awarded annually by the CWA.
The Dry was Harper’s debut novel and her next hotly anticipated novel, Force of Nature, is due to be released on the 26th September 2017. Force of Nature centres around the story of five women who reluctantly hike along the rugged Giralang Ranges and only four come out the other side.
Harper’s novel is one of six novels shortlisted for the award. The other shortlisted titles are:
The Beautiful Dead (Belinda Bauer, Bantam)
Dead Man’s Blues (Ray Celestin, Mantle)
Spook Street (Mick Herron, John Murray)
The Girl in Green (Derek B Miller, Scribe)
A Rising Man (Abir Mukherjee, Harvill Secker)
WHO REALLY KILLED THE HADLER FAMILY?
Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well ...
When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge.
And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds are reopened. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret ... A secret Falk thought long-buried ... A secret which Luke's death starts to bring to the surface ...
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