When a murdered woman is found in the city of Besźel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlű of the Extreme Crime Squad. To investigate, Borlű must travel from the decaying Besźel to its equal, rival, and intimate neighbor, the vibrant city of Ul Qoma. But this is a border crossing like no other, a journey as psychic as it is physical, a seeing of the unseen. What stands against him are murderous powers in Besźel and Ul Qoma – and most terrifying of all, that which lies between these two cities.
In April 2010, the novel was named a 2010 Hugo Award nominee in the Best Novel category. In the same month, it won the BSFA Award for Best Novel of 2009, as well as the 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Award.
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.
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