This diploma thesis examines the significance of the city of Graz as part of the setting in contemporary Austrian crime novels. Additionally, it investigates how the city and its topographical components are presented. Such investigations are rooted in the field of literary geography, which has become more and more important since the topographical turn within literary studies. This thesis includes a list of all crime novels located in the city of Graz (approx. 30 novels released before Jan. 2016) and examines the representation and localization of their scenes. It establishes that crime novels set in Graz are of high significance to the Austrian crime novel genre.Furthermore, this thesis provides evidence that descriptions of the cityscape on an intratextual level could also be used for describing the real, extratextual city of Graz. However, it is also the case that the authors sometimes modify the cityscape on an intratextual level in order to adapt the setting to be more conducive to the novels plot. With regard to these two phenomena, the terms immigrant and surrogate objects become important. This thesis also contains a list of the most important crime scenes found in theses crime novels. Some of these locations can be classified as fictional, but many of them can also be found within the real cityscape of Graz. The latter can also be found on a topographical map that was created for this thesis. This thesis demonstrates that many other important plot locations can be found not only on an intratextual but also on an extratextual level. The implementation of touristic components, such as popular sights, local characteristics, and the visualization of such characteristics also play an important role within crime novels set in Graz.