Category Archives: Presumed Dead

FIVE NOVEL IDEAS

POLITICAL CRIME FICTION THRILLER

Jane Kenwood is a feisty independent on a city council rife with skulduggery. When there is to be a vote on a casino project that she has been outspoken in opposing in a hung parliament, she disappears mysteriously.  

Dr Phillip Keane, her partner, is a forensic scientist and sets up a think tank of her friends to investigate, with help from the police. The story has forensic science to savour and reveals corruption in partisan politics that disable governments. 

The friends search systematically and find evidence of causal links between the perpetrators’ motives, suspects’ characteristics, crime scenes and the victim’s condition. Hypotheses reconstructing the heinous crime are related by an Euler walk, a theory of the crime able to convict, keeping you guessing until the dramatic final dénouement.

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FIVE NOVELS BY MARTIN KNOX

ANIMAL FARM 2

George Orwell’s 1945 political satire with animals taking over a farm is continued as a sequel from after the Revolution, through the Cold War, up to modern times. They are ruled by pig totalitarianism, seek liberation and discover that climate science has a new paradigm. 

TIME IS GOLD

Maxi is a champion distance runner when she meets Jack who is doing a PhD in physics and has a new theory of time dilation she can test. He coaches her to break the world marathon record.

SHORT OF LOVE

Tom is an ambitious university student when he falls for Vicki. She tricks him and he delays their relationship, putting her on hold, as a commodity short. It backfires and the two try to get back together but their careers are obstacles.

PRESUMED DEAD

A crime fiction thriller is set in fictional Alexandra, ruled by partisan self-interest and a hung parliament. When Councillor Jane, the only independent, disappears, her partner and colleague, who is a forensic scientist, investigates. Dr Phillip Keane leads a think tank to consider the possibilities with meticulous logic.

THE GRASS IS ALWAYS BROWNER

An Australian saga set 250 years in the future when environmental, economic, societal and political conditions are radically altered. The story follows a dynasty of Aborigines who lead the nation in dealing with religious and regional challenges. 

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A NEW WAY TO SOLVE CRIMES

The novel Presumed Dead is a crime fiction story in which a forensic scientist, Dr Phillip Keane painstakingly reconstructs the disappearance of feisty Councillor Jane Kenwood. He and his think tank attempt to associate each of 4 types of evidence, as either cause or effect, with other evidence in a causal hypothesis, one of 8 linking from the final victim’s condition back to the earliest perpetrator’s motive. This is shown in the diagram, in which each arrow is a causal hypothesis from cause to effect, going from step 8 to step 1. Of course, the evidence won’t be discovered exactly as in this sequence, but by investigating the possibilities in this sequence their approach is methodical, efficient and comprehensive. The efficiency is achieved by conceiving of it as a ‘Euler walk’, a logical pathway connecting nodes without repeating links, a foundation of graph theory in mathematics. With this strategy, the friends investigate the abduction, piece together events and search for missing evidence. It is a strategy that could probably be used for other crimes of motive and victim e.g. murder, assault, arson, theft, fraud and property damage. The novel also illustrates ills of partisanship in town hall politics and how they are conquered by an iconic independent woman politician. Reviews are on my blog: martinknox.com

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