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Jane Harper unleashes another outback crime novel, The Lost Man

Jane Harper unleashes another outback crime novel, The Lost Man

Author of The Dry and Force of Nature, Jane Harper, releases her third outback crime novel today.

The Lost Man begins as two brothers meet at a stockman’s grave on the border of their cattle properties in Queensland. As with her preceding books, in The Lost Man Harper masterfully builds suspense over a scorched Australian landscape.

The book also makes sly reference to Harper’s debut, The Dry, which a New York Times reviewer found so sophisticated they wrote, ‘it’s hard to believe this is her first novel.’ 

The Dry swept the floor in 2017 in terms of book awards, picking up the ABIA Book of the Year, the Indie Book Awards Debut Fiction prize, two Davitt Awards, and the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction.

Actor and producer Reece Witherspoon, who adapted Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies to screen, has purchased the film rights for The Dry. The film will be shot in Victoria with Australian director Robert Connolly.

Jane Harper was a print journalist for 13 years before turning to fiction, and learned to write via an online novel-writing course offered by London literary agency Curtin Brown. She lives in St Kilda, Melbourne.

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