THE CITY AND THE CITY
A police procedural with a nifty fantasy twist, this book should appeal to a wide range of readers. Mieville is a consummate storyteller, and all the pieces of his cities fit neatly together. Borlú is an interesting protagonist, caught between a rock and a hard place, and watching him navigate through multiple bureaucracies to discover the truth and keep his sanity is
a thing to behold.
Inspector Tyador Borlu, of the Extreme Crime Squad in the decaying European city of Beseel, has a case that will take him places he never thought he would go. As he investigates the murder of Fulana Detail, he discovers something more deadly and dangerous than he expected.
Beseel has a twin, the rich and growing city of Ul Qoma. Residents of each city unsee each other, studiously avoiding any contact for fear of invoking the Breach, a secretive and mysterious force devoted to keeping the cities separate. Borlu must travel into Ul Qoma, using approved byways and permits, in order to discover the truth behind Fulana's death. (DEL REY, Jun., 312 pp., $26.00)