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Title: Ice : A Farooq Reshi Investigation
Author: Praveen Swami
Genre: Fiction, Short Stories, Crime
Ice by Praveen Swami was sent to me by Juggernaut. It is one of their December 2016 releases. The author is an expert on Islamic terrorism and a senior editor at the Indian Express.
The book is set in the Kargil mountains where Superintendent Farooq Reshi is stationed. Two bodies are found in a cave in the mountains and, as is the case with every murder in the valley, the needle points towards the Lashkar terrorists. But when Farooq tries to get to the bottom of the case, he stumbles on something that reveals a lot more.
The book is a very short read, all of 63 pages. The narrative is casual, to the point and blunt. The author has bared the simple, stark reality of the beautiful but disturbed valley. He, candidly, explains the life of the locals, their mentality and also of the army personnel stationed in Kargil. The book suffices to paint you a picture on the mentality on some naive turned sly occupants of the valley due to the high stress situation. One thing that strikes the most to me as a reader is that, you really cannot blame them for their outlook.
I will not say that Ice is a fantastic read and it focuses only on the one case but it seems like there is a sequel in the making. It would be interesting to see how that turns out.
If you are looking for a quick read, set on the current situation in Kashmir, then this is for you.
*** This book was sent to me by Juggernaut in exchange for an honest review. ***