The City & The City

Paperback $18.99
The City & The City

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9780330534192
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pub Date: 01/07/2011
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    Fiction & related items / Science fiction
    Fiction & related items / Fantasy
  • Imprint: Macmillan
  • Pages: 500
  • Price: $18.99

"An eye-opening genre-buster. The names of Kafka and Orwell tend to be invoked too easily for anything a bit out of the ordinary, but in this case they are worthy comparisons." The Times, London

When the body of a murdered woman is found in the extraordinary, decaying city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks like a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlu of the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he probes, the evidence begins to point to conspiracies far stranger, and more deadly, than anything he could have imagined. Soon his work puts him and those he cares for in danger. Borlu must travel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own, across a border like no other.

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


"If Philip K. Dick and Raymond Chandler's love child were raised by Franz Kafka, the writing that emerged might resemble China Mieville's ... The City & the City." Los Angeles Times

"An excellent police procedural and a fascinating urban fantasy, this is essential reading for all mystery and fantasy fans." Booklist

"This spectacularly, intricately paranoid yarn is worth the effort." Kirkus

Author Information

China Mieville lives and works in London. He has twice won the prestigious Arthur C Clarke Award, with Perdido Street Station and Iron Council, and is also twice winner of the British Fantasy Award, for Perdido Street Station and The Scar. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed young adult novel, Un Lun Dun.