Book Excerpt Moral Panics

Book Excerpt – Chapter 11

            Jacobs’ app, Investigate, had been hugely successful amongst Bay Area police departments. The police, in an effort to be more transparent about their work, needed a modern way of recording case details and registering evidence. Jacobs’ app had provided them with everything they needed.

            It was far more efficient, allowing the departments to separate the workforce into two categories: Searchers and Investigators. The Searchers went into the field to respond to gunshots, disturbances, and public complaints. They could take photos of crime scenes from their phones, which would automatically upload to their shared servers, making it far easier for officers to collaborate through the app.

            These pieces of evidence would then be sent to the servers where the Investigators would take over. The Investigators would receive the data, decide whether to follow up on possible leads while the Searchers moved on to the next crime scene. The Investigators would cross-reference this information with cell phone information drawn from known criminals to determine possible motives and suspects. Access to all of this was made possible by Jacobs’ sleek, easy-to-use system.

            Easy to use. Easy to abuse.

            Jacobs monitored the incoming data on Investigate after receiving Hunter’s phone call. Within a matter of thirty minutes, the officers on the scene were taking photos of the van and the crime scene. She watched as the photos were uploaded, preparing the replacements.

            Investigate had some technical difficulties in those crucial moments. While the general file was being recorded, a few pieces of evidence did not make it into the cloud server being provided by her company.

            The photos of the shredded tires were not uploaded, instead being replaced with a picture of a suicide note, detailing a full confession of the man’s crimes and a motive for those crimes.

            When the Investigator at the police department went over the file, it was an open-and-shut case. The evidence was clear. This crime was classed as a murder/suicide of a psychologically deranged individual motivated by antisocial personality disorder and a desire to gain some element of control over his surroundings. His vehicle would be towed to the impound, and no one would see a reason to follow up.

            The file was released to the public to ensure adherence to modern transparency policies, and there would be no further investigation.

            – K.M. Ecke

About the Book

If anything can be hacked, nothing can be trusted.

Tanner Moore is at the top of his game in the high stakes world of big technology. As chief technology officer of Paragon, the largest corporation in the world, he is about to release the greatest convenience innovation in the history of commerce: drone delivery service to every inch of the globe.

But when an interview with journalist Amy Noral is secretly recorded and published by the clickbait media, Tanner’s fall from grace is swift and brutal.

Tanner is fired, publicly condemned as a terrorist for comments he never made, and kidnapped by a mysterious vigilante group who use surveillance data to track and kill their enemies. Tanner must navigate their underground world full of violent zealots and mental manipulation to find his way to freedom, or see his drone technology used as the most advanced assassination tool ever devised.


Moral Panic explores the collision of the most extreme elements of politics, ideology and technological media manipulation. It navigates through a maze of modern surveillance with a skeptical eye on the data-driven world we live in, to bring an awareness of the possibility of such a story coming true in the real world.

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Hailing from the original birthplace of the atomic bomb, Los Alamos, NM, K.M. Ecke is an organic, free-range, preservative-free, philosopher-poet using universal truth to battle cultural insanity. Ecke, which is German for ‘corner’, is the child of a physicist and musician and grew up at the corner of creativity and logic. After ten years of existential exploration and creative experimenta-

tion, he releases his debut novel Moral Panic, along with an album of lyrically-focused songs, Change of Mind via his independent creative collective The Dream Flow.

 Ecke strives to deliver a strong story with inherent value to his readers. The author is well-versed in writing, including essays, songs and poetry, the last of which the author finds the most efficient form of expression, and thus, the best way to improve his writing practice.

Initially intending for law school, a business law class changed his direction, and Ecke chose to pursue writing, soul-searching and creative projects. After several years of odd jobs learning about different pieces of the world, he began his own private music teaching business and attended Colorado Film School for a year and a half to study filmmaking. After 18-months in his program, he veered to his own path and established Dream Flow Media, the home to all of his creative endeavors; publishing, music and all additional branches of the many-faceted visionary. Along with his own creations, he strives to bring other artists into the fold to develop a creative collective for a variety of multimedia projects.

Ecke also works as a filmmaker for local non-profits and bands, and hopes one day to see Moral Panic on the big screen. The author lives in Denver, Colorado and hosts a storytelling micro-podcast Myths, Metaphors, and Morality. For more info, visit the author online at

kevin_ecke @thedreamflow kmeckethedreamflowthedreamflow




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