I read this novel by science fiction author China Miéville when it first came out in paperback some years ago.
I found it to be a very memorable book about a murder investigation taking place in two very strange neighbouring cities. I won’t give away the twist even though it comes very early on in the book.
Now the BBC have made a series adapted from the book staring David Morrissey. Inevitably there is a Tie-in edition of the novel which is out today.
I’m very interested to see the adaptation and I believe the first episode is broadcast tomorrow, Friday 6 April.
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 Borlú 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. Borlú 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 multi-award winning The City & The City by China Miéville is a murder mystery taken to dazzling metaphysical and artistic heights.