It hasn't rained in Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the farming community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are discovered shot to death on their property. Everyone assumes Luke Hadler committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son.
Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to his hometown for the funerals and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation. As suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him twenty years earlier. Because Falk and his childhood friend Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke's death threatens to unearth ...
Winner for Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript 1970.
Winner for ABIA Book of the Year 1970.
Winner for Ned Kelly Award Best First Fiction 1970.
Winner for Indie Book Awards Book of the Year 1970.
Winner for Davitt Awards Reader's Choice 1970.
Winner for Barry Award for Best First Novel 1970.
Winner for CWA Gold Dagger Best Crime Novel 1970.
Short-listed for Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year 1970.
Winner for ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year 1970.
Winner for Indie Book Awards Debut Fiction 1970.