Proximity by Jem Tugwell

Serpentine Books – 6 June 2019 | Paperback | £8.99

‘Ingenious’ Claire McGowan   

‘Very topical, terrifying’ Stav Sherez

‘Darkly twisted… fantastically imaginative and gripping’ Angela Clarke

‘Compelling, relevant, chilling. Is this where we’re heading?’ Abi Silver

Leading the trend in speculative crime thrillers, Jem Tugwell’s thrilling and thought-provoking debut sits alongside Black Mirror and The City and the City in a compelling exploration of our near future. Proximity draws on Jem’s 20 years of professional experience as a software developer in the city to give an unnerving insight into how our world might be transformed by the rapid advance in embedded technology and fitness trackers.

What if the cash-strapped NHS can be given a second life by using tech to regulate our health and behaviour…? What if we can eradicate knife and other proximity crimes by tracking everyone’s activity…? What if civil liberty is seen as an acceptable sacrifice for the greater good…? What if the convenience of technology is used for control…?

Proximity is inspired by the fascinating possibilities of technology, AI and the law of unintended consequences. From my own experience, technologists are often amazed or horrified about the other uses that people imagine for their products. Clive and Zoe’s world might be closer than we think, but is it heaven or hell? How do we decide the perfect balance of free will and greater good?” – Jem Tugwell

ABOUT PROXIMITY – DI Clive Lussac has forgotten how to do his job. Ten years of embedded technology – ‘iMe’ – has led to complete control and the eradication of crime. Then the impossible happens. A body is found, and the killer is untraceable. With new partner Zoe Jordan, Clive must re-sharpen his detective skills and find the killer without technology, before time runs out for the next victim…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Jem Tugwell is a crime fiction author with a Crime Writing MA from City University. In a past life, Jem had a successful career in investment management, and he now lives in Surrey with his wife. He has two great children and a dog. Outside of his family and writing, Jem’s loves are snowboarding, old cars and bikes. Proximity is his thrilling debut.

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