Staff recommendation: This is a debut crime novel set in Kiewarra, a parched farming community outside Melbourne. It is a region that hasn’t seen rain in years, a town which Aaron Falk, a federal agent in Melbourne, has returned to after his onetime best friend Luke Hadler has apparently killed his wife, son and then himself. Only his baby girl has survived. This book makes sure that nothing is what it looks like at first sight. The heat and dryness
gives this book its eerie title and looms large in the novel’s finale. A fantastic first novel.