Thursday 30 May 2019

~*BLOG TOUR*~ Proximity by Jem Tugwell


Title: Proximity
Author: Jem Tugwell
Genre: Techno-Thriller
Pub. Date: June 6, 2019
Publisher: Serpentine Books

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RELEASING June 6, 2019

You can’t get away with anything, least of all murder.

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…

Praise for Proximity

‘Very topical, terrifying, superb concept for a crime novel.’
Stav Sherez

‘A darkly twisted crime novel set in a future world that seems to grow closer every day. Fantastically imaginative and gripping.’
Angela Clarke

‘An ingenious and highly plausible look at crime in a future with 100% surveillance.’
Claire McGowan

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

‘A techno-thriller with a fantastic premise.’
AK Benedict (City MA)

First published in Great Britain by Serpentine Books

This edition published in 2019 by

Serpentine Books Limited

Copyright © Jem Tugwell 2019

The moral right of Jem Tugwell to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted in accordance with the Copyright and Patents Act, 1988.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.

A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.

PB ISBN 978 19 1602 230 0

EBOOK ISBN 978 19 1602 231 7

This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, organisations, places and events are either the product of the author’s imagination or used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events or locales is entirely coincidental.


DC Zoe Jordan


‘So, apply to Cyber,’ I said.

I thought I could see his eyes water, so I looked away. In the fading light outside the grimy window, I could still make out the outlines of the graffiti on the wall.

‘They said I was too out of touch,’ he whispered, then louder, he added, ‘I can’t take every aspect of my life being micro-managed.’

‘But that’s nothing to do with work. That’s to make your life healthier.’

He seemed to want to go back to the gluttonous, lazy chaos of before iMe. Why couldn’t he embrace the positives? Didn’t he want to live longer?

I tried to hide the hardness of my expression, and the words ‘suck it up’ almost escaped, but I put a brake on my mouth before my thoughts came out. ‘Don’t forget all the good you’ve done, Boss.’

‘Yes, I guess, but I need to use my brain again before I can’t remember what day it is.’


As the motion-detectors of the outlying office lights clicked off, we huddled in the small island of light over our desks, and the sea of darkness pressed in around us. It was nearly six, and then I could go home. Clive looked like he was drilling down, deeper and darker. Each unhealthy thought feeding the next. I could almost feel the cloud over him. Why couldn’t he see that not having much work was a good thing? It meant that people were safe.

The bing of the new report arriving interrupted me. I picked it up and read it.

‘No way!’ I said.

Clive ignored me.

‘Boss. Boss?’

He shook himself loose and came back up. ‘What?’

‘I’ve got a Missing Person report.’

‘What? That’s impossible.’

Author Bio ↓

Jem Tugwell is a crime fiction author with a Crime Writing MA from City University. Proximity is his thrilling debut novel, inspired by the fascinating possibilities of technology, AI and the law of unintended consequences. 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.

Author Links ↓
Twitter: @JemTugwell

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