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.
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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.
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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.