Title Profile & Character Information

The City and the City

Annotation
New York Timesbestselling author China Miéville delivers his most accomplished novel yet, an existential thriller set in a city unlike any other–real or imagined.

When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined.

Borlú must travel from the decaying Beszel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own. This is a border crossing like no other, a journey as psychic as it is physical, a shift in perception, a seeing of the unseen. His destination is Beszel’s equal, rival, and intimate neighbor, the rich and vibrant city of Ul Qoma. With Ul Qoman detective Qussim Dhatt, and struggling with his own transition, Borlú is enmeshed in a sordid underworld of rabid nationalists intent on destroying their neighboring city, and unificationists who dream of dissolving the two into one. As the detectives uncover the dead woman’s secrets, they begin to suspect a truth that could cost them and those they care about more than their lives.

What stands against them are murderous powers in Beszel and in Ul Qoma: and, most terrifying of all, that which lies between these two cities.

Casting shades of Kafka and Philip K. Dick, Raymond Chandler and 1984,The City & the Cityis a murder mystery taken to dazzling metaphysical and artistic heights.

Awards
2009  Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
2010  Locus Awards
2010  Hugo Awards
2010  World Fantasy Awards
2010  Arthur C. Clarke Award
2009  British Science Fiction Association Awards

Characters
NameBorlu, Tyador
GenderMale
OccupationInspector

NameDhatt, Qussim
GenderMale
OccupationPolice detective

GenreFiction
Fantasy
Mystery
    --Police procedural
Suspense
TopicsMurder investigations
Conspiracies
Rivalry
Parallel worlds
Nationalism
Secrets
Truth
Mysterious dissapearances
Revolutionaries
Manipulation