String City

String City by Graham Edwards. Illustration by Vince Haig

The universe is made of string. When the knots tighten, the cosmos quakes.

“It’s a tough job being a gumshoe in an interdimensional city full of gods, living concepts and weirder things. Good job I’m a stringwalker, able to jump between realities.

“It started when I was hired to investigate an explosion at a casino. A simple heist, I thought, but it turned into a race to stop the apocalypse. So I rolled the dice, and now I’m up against the ancient Greek Titans, an interdimensional spider god and a mysterious creature known as the Fool. I’m going to need more than just luck to solve this one.

“If I fail, all things — in all realities — could be destroyed.

“Just another day in String City.”

In String City, everything runs on an unhealthy mixture of minced Greek myth and cosmic geometry. Watch out for giant spider gods and ravenous ghosts, mechanical sleuths and fallen angels. The crime lords are Titans and you don’t want to know what’s lurking in the sewers… but, if you like your detective stories on the weird side, String City will introduce you to a world you might never want to leave!

String City by Graham Edwards, out now from Solaris Books. Read the companion volume The String City Mysteries, a series of seven novelettes that, read together, form a prequel to the novel.

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Reviews of String City

“Edwards rewards patience with a savory blend of hard-boiled mystery, the fantastic, and the futuristic.”Publishers Weekly

String City is bursting at the seams with an originality that left me in awe of the author’s ability to fit so much into one novel. This is a well-crafted, fast-paced detective story, filled with science fiction and fantasy elements … The experience is a wild ride, to be sure, and any descriptions I can provide of the epicness won’t do it justice. Check this one out if you want to marvel at an author’s ability to put imagination behind every word.”Realms & Robots

“Blending together fantasy, quantum theory and well-established detective tropes creates an evocative adventure that often delights … If you’re looking for some smart hard-bitten detective noir with a cosmically mind-bending chocolatey centre, then you need look no further. Highly recommended.”The Eloquent Page

“So impressed by the ‘just right’ touch [Edwards] has with the various elements, never over-explaining but expecting the reader to keep up. His inventions and combinations are convincing, and the mix of plot and description perfect … Having read a lot of noir/sci-fi books this is the best of the lot for a long time.— Lauren L, NetGalley

“A fusion of genres that not only works but sets a high bar for both detective crime fiction and sci-fi alike.” — Account D, NetGalley

String City is balls to the wall insanity, a mash of quantum physics, classic mythology and noir detective fiction. Digging deep into noir fiction tropes (including plenty of bourbon, a femme fatale and tragic backstory) Graham Edwards manages to play the weirdness straight and improbably this keeps the venture afloat. It is so crazy that it should not work. But it does.” — Robert G, NetGalley

String City is a highly entertaining story with a great deal of humour (check out the bladderwrack plug-in to the weather scanner), cliff-hangers, twists and great characters (R2D2 and C3PO are so last year compared to The Scrutator), which make you think ‘Wow that was genius. How can Graham Edwards top that?’, and in the next chapter he does.” — Elaine A, NetGalley

“This novel was a refreshingly great mix of genres! With memorable characters, incredible world-building and an engaging fast-paced plot, this is one that readers with different interests will enjoy.” — TheDigressiveApproach, NetGalley

“A rip-roaring gumshoe detective novel – in the vein of Dashiell Hammett – with a breathtaking sci fi setting. This is a thoroughly enjoyable romp.” — Matthew B, NetGalley

“Fascinating, intellectually stimulating world-building … Nowadays, it’s rare to find truly unique books and String City delivers unforgettable, mind-bending moments.”— Łukasz P, NetGalley

“A genre-busting behemoth … like a giant funhouse with something new and different around every corner … get ready for some entertainment.— Dave W, NetGalley

“What an absurd thrill ride this was, a delightful blend of fantasy, science fiction, mythology, and noir. It’s the most unique literary world building I’ve ever come across. I was hooked from beginning to end and really hope this turns into a series.” — Jocelyn S, NetGalley

“Graham Edwards showcases his highly imaginative mind in this cyberpunk hard boiled noir detective fiction. His world building is extraordinary and hugely compelling, where gods, horror, and more are interwoven in this mindbending, weird, but oddly addictive storytelling. There is plenty of science in String City but Edwards does not make the error of over explaining the concepts which can impact negatively in slowing down the storytelling. A fabulous and fun reading experience which I recommend highly.” — Paromjit H, NetGalley

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