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.
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
My crime fiction novel Presumed Dead is set in a Westminster political system with a partisan legislature hung approving a casino development. When a politician disappears, interests in the casino are investigated and the government process depoliticised. Available on Amazon https://martinknox.com
If party politicians join independents on the cross-bench, would developments wanted by the public be more or less likely to be approved?
‘Presumed Dead’ is a novel by Martin Knox set in a fictional council chamber within the Westminster system. Corruption at the big end of town is suspected when Jane Kenwood, a feisty councillor, disappears.