An Australian farmer, Luke Handler, turns his gun on his wife, 7-year-old son, and himself in the middle of the worst drought the town of Kiewarra has ever seen. Aaron Falk, close friend of the farmer and a federal agent, returns to the town that rejected him 20 years ago for the funerals, and is drawn into the investigation.

Twenty years ago, suspicion fell on Aaron when a troubled young girl drowned in the river. Now Falk’s past intrudes on the investigation, and nothing is quite what it seems. A solid police procedural and I’m happy to see that it is the first in a series to feature Aaron Falk.