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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
In Jan Turk Petrie’s Until the Ice Cracks, it’s the winter of 2068, and a massacre in a criminal-infested zone by a rogue agent－a ‘decoy’－sends the authorities on a cat and mouse chase, including putting the governor’s job on the line. Inspector Nero Cavallo and his team from the Homicide Department are tasked with hunting down the one that the public called the Avenging Angel. In the midst of the manhunt, a young man named Bruno Mastriano is trying to escape a group of rebels who want to use his special ability to their benefit. As things start to unravel, the truth begins to claim more lives and complicates the situation.
Until the Ice Cracks by Jan Turk Petrie is a noir-esque Nordic crime thriller in the near future. Other than the imprinting process between human and animals, the proposed future military tech - such as exo-suits as well as generalized gadgets like stud and credit as currency - is not hard to believe. A few of them already exist today, albeit still in their early stages of development. The plot and the dialogue are delivered in a writing style that has a subtle peculiarity, giving a slightly dreamlike quality to the story. Protagonist Nero is astute, matter of fact and determined－a ‘traditionalist’ cop who also contributes to the cynicism, fatalism, and moral ambiguity elements of Petrie’s crime thriller. That said, not everything is answered when the book ends. I still wonder about Constable Chan－there’s another layer to her persona that is yet to be revealed. Then again, more answers can definitely be found in its sequel. Overall, an intriguing read.