Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The Invisible by Seb Doubinsky

Release date: August 11, 2020
Subgenre: Dystopian noir

About The Invisible:


It’s election time in New Babylon, and President Maggie Delgado is running for re-election but is threatened by the charismatic populist Ted Rust. Newly appointed City Commissioner Georg Ratner is given the priority task to fight the recent invasion of Synth in the streets of the capital, a powerful hallucinogen drug with a mysterious origin. When his old colleague asks him for help on another case and gets murdered, things become more and more complicated, and his official neutrality becomes a burden in the political intrigue he his gradually sucked into. Supported by Laura, his trustful life partner and the Egyptian goddess Nut, Ratner decides to fight for what he believes in, no matter the cost.




City Commissioner Georg Ratner looked out the large window of his new office, taking in the breathtaking view of the city. New Babylon sparkled in the mid-November morning. The sky was still black, although a thin gray stripe in the east indicated the imminent rise of a pale sun.
“Is everything okay, sir?”
Ratner glanced at the large designer desk, the designer leather armchair, the designer wastebasket, the designer bookshelves, his personal water fountain and nodded.
“Everything’s fine,” he grunted. “Everything’s fine. I just need an ashtray.”
“Yes, of course.”
Ratner smiled with gratitude at his new secretary, Mrs. Gardiner. She smiled back.
She was a middle-aged woman who could have been anything between forty-five and sixty-five, as she had almost no wrinkles and her hair was died a reddish brown. Good-looking too, although that had nothing to do with anything. Ratner hated those automatic thoughts whenever they popped up. He was neither a sexist, nor a satyr. But sometimes his sense of observation collided with obsolete social constructions. Or rather—with constructions that should be obsolete.
“Mr. Klein smoked too. The pipe,” she added.
Ratner nodded. He was replacing a dead man, who had the paradoxical reputation of being both extremely corrupt and extremely efficient. It would be hard to live up to his level.
“I smoke cigarettes,” Ratner said. “And cigars, once in a while. I hope you don’t mind.”
Mrs. Gardiner tugged at her black turtleneck.
“I smoke too,” she explained. “Oh, and Mr. Klein had a minibar installed while he was in office. I mean, it’s a minifridge. You can put in whatever you want, of course. Water, for example. It’s in the basement at the moment. I can ask Eric to bring it back for you.”
Ratner didn’t know if she was making things up, but her tone seemed hopeful.
“Yes,” he said. “That would be very nice.”
Once Mrs. Gardiner had left, the new city commissioner walked to his desk and sat in the designer armchair. It was more comfortable than he had imagined.


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About Seb Doubinsky:

Seb Doubinsky is a bilingual writer born in Paris in 1963. His novels, all set in a dystopian universe revolving around competing cities-states, have been published in the UK and in the USA. He currently lives with his family in Aarhus, Denmark, where he teaches at the university.

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About Meerkat Press

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