The City & The City
Title: The City & The City
Author: China Mieville
To investigate the murder of a woman outside the city of Beszel, Inspector Tyador Borlú must travel from the decaying Beszel to its equal, rival, and intimate neighbor, the vibrant city of UI Qoma. But soon it turns into a border crossing like no other and as the detective uncovers the dead woman’s secrets, he begin to suspect a truth that could cost him more than his life.
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. To investigate, Borlú must travel from the decaying Beszel 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. With Ul Qoman detective Qussim Dhatt, Borlú is enmeshed in a sordid underworld of 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 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.