The body of a murdered woman is discovered in the remarkable, crumbling European city of Besźel. Such a crime is par for the course for Inspector Tyador Borlú, who is the premier talent of the Extreme Crime Squad – until his investigations uncover evidence that bizarre and terrifying forces are at work – and soon both he and those around him will be in considerable peril. He must undertake an odyssey, a journey across borders both physical and psychical, to the city which is both a complement and rival to his own, that of Ul Qoma.
Like all of China Miéville’s work, The City and The City will not be to everyone’s taste – the very individuality of the prose and the surrealistic inventiveness will not attract those preferring more prosaic fare. But for readers who hanker after untrammelled imagination – and look for literary fare unlike anything they have read before (even, it has to be said, by Miéville himself), then this is a journey to be undertaken. But with caution, perhaps… --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Starts like a normal crime fiction but soon spins into an offbeat sci-fi split reality crime fiction novel... Read morePublished 1 month ago by houninym
A "Police procedural" like you've never come across before - very strange ( as you would expect from C.M.)Published 1 month ago by P. S. Addison
an amazing read.gripping and enticing - strongly recommend. I was unable to put it down, lots of twists and turns through a strange but believable city and city.Published 3 months ago by bl
Fascinating, dense, hugely detailed.
Loved the premise.
Would have liked more "origin" but a great read.
This book is a crime mystery, more speculative fiction than science fiction I would say but still elements of the unusual. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sarmor
Whilst being set in an alternative universe this book raises interesting questions about such issues as what makes one "human", ethical scientific "progress",... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer