Category Archives: Presumed Dead

MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT FOR YOU

Cast your vote well,

Being represented by a party’s hell,

Your voice must get through,

Not the lazy ambitions of party bosses.

Their multiplication of division,

Prevents your unity being heard,

Except when herded into a duopoly.

Select an independent voice.

Don’t listen to the party faithful,

In their party gangs,

Thinking of themselves,

Not thinking of you nor of your future.

Give your vote to one who could represent you.

© M Knox 2022

Presumed Dead is a crime fiction novel, by Martin Knox, set in a hung parliament that goes non-partisan.

On Amazon. Reviews martinknox.com

CAN ONE WOMAN END PARTISAN POLITICS?

Australians respect and protect their politicians even when their ranks are divided by political differences. When the unthinkable happens and feisty independent politician Jane Kenwood disappears from a hung parliament’s cross bench before a crucial vote, the ability of the system to bring the perpetrators to justice challenges the partisan democracy. Will justice be done? Jane’s friend Dr Phillip Keane follows a feint trail with a new forensic philosophy, which employs a novel Euler Walk strategy. He is opposed by the political establishment and his findings shake it to its foundations.

‘Presumed Dead’ is a crime fiction thriller by Martin Knox, a page-turning non-partisan read which exposes the fragility of parliamentary democracy under the Westminster system.

Available on Amazon. Reviews are on my blog martinknox.com

SIX SPECTACULAR NOVELS

Guy Debord (1931-1994) was a French philosopher. He observed modern society in which authentic social life had been replaced with its representation, or ‘spectacle’.

In each of my 5 books, there is a different spectacle appearing at the centre of attention.

  1. In my new book Turkeys not Bees, coming shortly, Megan and Chance are caught up in regulation of athletics and a pandemic. They want individual freedom and resist nanny-state controls.

2. In the satire Animal Farm 2, the focus is on a proletariat of farm livestock, representing ordinary people. The spectacle is of slavery, exploitation and totalitarianism.’

3. ‘Time is Gold’ is a fiction story about a marathon runner whose will is commodified by her training team.

4. ‘Presumed Dead’ has a government and parliament conducted as a spectacle with the appearance of democracy. When a politician disappears, search and investigation adopt innovative forensic methods which reveal corruption.

5. ‘Short of Love’ has Vicki and Tom in a commodified love relationship. He assigns her to a friend, in a short due for delivery later, to repay his gambling debt. It is a satire and when she delivers to his friend early, the arrangement fails.

6. The Grass is Always Browner is a spectacle of Australia 250 years in the future, apparently unified by population growth and an indigenous prime minister, but deeply divided by religion and politics.

Each book has social and economic conditions derived from a ’spectacle’ rather than from reality. Debord’s aim and proposal is ‘to wake up the spectator’ who has been drugged by spectacular images…through radical action in the form of the construction of situations…situations that bring a revolutionary reordering of life, politics, and art’. My stories entertain with exciting situations and new images.

Available on Amazon. Reviews: martinknox.com

WHO ABDUCTED JANE?

In the fiction novel Presumed Dead by Martin Knox, Jane Kenwood is a feisty politician in a hung city council where her vote is needed to stop a casino being approved. She disappears before a crucial vote. When she is found, she is too badly affected by an assault to identify where she had been taken, what was done to her, nor characteristics of her assailants. Her friend Dr Phillip Keane leads a forensic team who gather evidence for every alternative they can imagine, by Euler’s theory, in a think tank. Phillip pieces together a logical reconstruction of the crime that reveals the perpetrators. The investigation is explorative, the evidence is surmise, the suspects are at large and cover their tracks until the dénouement. 

This is an exciting whodunnit story of city hall politics and systematic forensic investigation that will keep you turning the pages to the very end.

Available on Amazon. Blog with reviews: martinknox.com

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