Presumed Dead is a novel authored by Martin Knox about the elected governments of a large Australian city, which are duopolies, each pretending to have an opposition, like in a Westminster system. When the two sides are deadlocked, it is unlikely but possible that a contest could be resolved corruptly or even criminally. The novel crime fiction reveals the fragility of partisan government.
When tie-breaker Jane Kenwood, an iconic parliamentarian, disappears before a hung parliament votes, her partner Phillip Keane, a forensic scientist, leads an investigation. A team of friends reconstructs events by a Euler Walk strategy. They expose the perpetrators in a denouement. Will the government be shamed into becoming non-partisan? This is thrilling story of political skulduggery that will keep you guessing, in the wake of think tank meetings, that explore scientifically and logically, with expertise and humour.
Available from Amazon. Reviews at martinknox.com
Politics is supposed to bring people together and control their government. When independent politician Jane disappears from a hung parliament, the government is able to approve a casino development she opposes. Presumed Dead is a page-turner about how Phillip, a politician she loves and their friends, suspect foul play and search for her. They employ forensic techniques that reveal methodical corruption in bipartisan politics. In a final denouement, government leaders are exposed and the parliament is reconstituted.
This is a page-turning political whodunit, crime fiction demonstrating the workings of a Westminster System of democracy, in a fictional parliament and proposing non-partisan politics.
Available on Amazon. Reviews and excerpt martinknox.com
Today my post on the WordPress platform has not brought any hits on my website nor interest in my novel Presumed Dead, a political crime fiction thriller. The book is set in a hung parliament. The title of my post was Must Parliament be Hung? It was inoffensive, apolitical and informative. I have received no complaint about the content of my post. I am disappointed that my information didn’t reach anyone..
I assume reach to my 130 followers was suppressed by a WordPress algorithm sensitive to political issues. I am alarmed that my post offering analysis and alternatives for Australia’s democracy has been taken out at a time when discussion is wanted. In the opinion of most people, a healthy democracy allows its political processes to be discussed respectfully.
Guy Debord, a French philosopher, wrote in The Society of the Spectacle (1967) that the people are exploited by the leaders for profit, with images created by the media and others. The spectacle is totalitarian. This theory would explain the suppression of my post, because discussion of a hung parliament could increase or decrease profits and leader interests.
If the algorithms would stop my post earlier today reaching anyone, then the spectacle could stop this one, because it exposes the monetisation intent of WordPress in allowing reach. Our future could be bleak.
If the Australian Parliament is hung, it could be an artificial impasse created by representatives who are prevented by self-serving parties from separating and compromising on issues because they want to force a change of government. Could the incumbent government better organise the parliament’s business to operate a minority government and avoid deadlock?
Presumed Dead is a crime fiction story with a hung parliament, resolved by an independent woman politician who opposes and ends partisan politics.