From Ghost Story by Peter Straub:
Edward was on the floor, both hands clutched to his chest and his knees drawn up. His face was terrible. Ricky stepped back and nearly fell over the chair that John Jaffrey had overturned. There was no question that Edward was still alive - he did not know how he knew it, but he knew - yet he asked, “Did you try to feel his pulse?”
“He doesn’t have a pulse. He’s gone.”
Now I would read the phrase, There was no question that Edward was still alive as meaning that Edward was still alive. If I had wanted to express the author’s meaning, I would have written, There was no question that Edward was dead.
How would others take it?