Presumed Dead is political crime fiction thriller that explores this question within a Westminster System government. A feisty woman city councillor is able to replace partisan gangs with participative democracy.
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Tom Archer falls for university student Vicki Hillstone, who tricks him to take a lie detector test and finds out he is bedding town girl Barbara. Vicki is distracting Tom from his studies so he reduces his overall vulnerability to love. He ‘shorts’ Vicki for later but he is devastated when she appears to make out with his best friend Richard.
The women counteract Tom’s love commodity investment with tragic consequences. He follows a glittering career in the petroleum industry while trying to take up with Vicki. After the deception of their beginning, can he and Vicki ever become a couple?
Review by Vesna Mcmaster, author and editor.
‘In ‘Short of Love’, Knox has taken the picaresque genre by the cerebrum, presenting a narrative alternately amusing, shocking, and deeply familiar by turns. The unrelenting pace and clean style combine within a paradoxical whole, both epic and microscopic simultaneously. Add to that an author/reader relationship that defies convention, and you have this curious and memorable work, which will present an entertaining challenge to the end.’
Tom Archer falls for university student Vicki Hillstone, who tricks him with a lie detector test and finds out he is bedding town girl Barbara. Tom frames a straddle in the commodity love, going long on Barbara and short on Vicki, to reduce his overall vulnerability and get back together with her later, as he follows a glittering career in the petroleum industry. Tom’s carefully calculated plans fall apart tragically, with Tom and Vicki’s roles changing from the 1960s to 2008. After their traumatic beginning, can they ever become a couple?