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.