Aaron Falk takes leave from his job with the finance police to attend the funeral of childhood friend Luke in the town from which he was chased twenty years ago following the death of a teenage girlfriend; he and Luke had both lied about their alibis. Was this crime anything to do with what happened twenty years ago? Falk and local bobby Raco start an unofficial investigation.
And the lack of water pervades everything.
This was a classic murder mystery with some delightful misdirection but clues were provided in time for the reader to work it out.
Some great phrases:
- "If Luke had a dollar, he'd spend two to make sure it was gone." (p 33)
- "call me liberated, but I've got a key to my own house." (p 52)
- "They'll make a gymnastics team, bending over backwards to prove their investigation was sound." (p 59)
The Dry won the
This book won the Gold Dagger from the Crime Writers' Association in 2017. Other winners include:
You can tell it's good when you catch yourself reading it when you should be doing other things.