Award-winning author China Miéville began his astounding career with King Rat—now in a new Tor Essentials edition—a mix of a young man's search for identity with a pulse-pounding story of revenge and madness.
With a new introduction by Tim Maughan, author of Infinite Detail.
Something is stirring in London's dark, stamping out its territory in brickdust and blood. Something has murdered Saul Garamond's father, and left Saul to pay for the crime.
But a shadow from the urban waste breaks into Saul's prison cell and leads him to freedom: a shadow called King Rat. King Rat reveals to Saul his own royal heritage, a heritage that opens a new world for him, the world below London's streets.
With drum-and-bass pounding the backstreets, Saul must confront the forces that would use him, the ones that would destroy him, and those that have shaped his own bizarre identity.
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About the Author
China Mieville has a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. He lives in England. He is the author of several books, including King Rat, which was nominated for both the International Horror Guild and Bram Stoker Awards for best first novel, and Perdido Street Station, winner of the 2001 Arthur C. Clarke Award.
Praise for King Rat
“[Miéville's] prose melds James Herbert's nihilistic violence with the metropolitan paranoia of Martin Amis, circa London Fields.” —The Times (London)
“China Miéville is a remarkably eloquent new writer who has produced genuine magic here.” —Locus
“As sharp as a Tokyo comic. It's humane and delinquent. And it bites.” —Iain Sinclair
“A deep, dark, velvet journey.” —Pat Cadigan
“A riveting, brilliant novel.” —Charles de Lint
“A strong first novel in the quirky sub-sub-genre of subterranean fairy tales.” —The Onion