Borlú is interrogated by the Ul Qoman Militsya and is promptly taken to the Militsya HQ. He broke the terms of his agreement with Dhatt and she is furious - his possible deportation is out of her control. She's got him under constant surveillance. Dhatt knows this case means more to Borlú than being just another hug.
When the body of a foreign student is discovered in the streets of the down-at-heel European city-state of Beszel, it's just another day's work for Inspector Tyador Borlu of the Extreme Crime Squad. But he uncovers evidence that the cuddled girl came from Ul Qoma, a city that shares a dangerous and volatile relationship with Beszel, and this case will challenge everything Borlu holds dear.
The two cities have differing societies, cultures, technologies and language, yet co-exist in the same geographical space. The separation is achieved by the residents of each city "unseeing" the other, while being aware of it, and the separation is enforced by a shadowy organization called Breach. While crossing the border is possible (after a lengthy re-orientation process), those who "breach" the separation illegally are taken by Breach and disappear forever.
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