... in the dilapidated city of Beszél in eastern Europe, Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad is trying to solve what initially looks like a routine case. But as he looks deeper into the murder of a mysterious woman, he discovers that she has links to Ul Qoma, a city that exists in the same physical space as Beszél but whose inhabitants studiously ignore any sign of overlap.Flood also points out that the novel won the British Science Fiction Association prize for best novel earlier this month.
Sunday, May 02, 2010
Hatrick for Mieville
the Arthur C Clarke award, Britain's most prestigious science fiction prize for the third time. His novel The City and the City is described by Alison Flood in The Guardian as a "straightforward" crime novel with "a fantastical edge" :