Tom Rachman Publishes Kindle Single

By Jason Boog Comment

After his debut novel explored how technology ruined newspapers, Tom Rachman has published his first Kindle Single. “The Bathtub Spy” will sell for $1.99, following the story of “a middle-aged intelligence bureaucrat and his odd relationship with his boss.”

In The Imperfectionists, Rachman wrote about a scrappy crew of expat reporters working on a dying newspaper in Rome. As they worry about losing their jobs, different characters meditate on how the Internet has changed the writing profession.

Here’s an excerpt from his debut novel: “Technology was not merely luring readers; it was changing them. Full printed pages didn’t fit onto monitors, so portion size shrank, dicing news into ever-smaller morsels. Instant updates on the Internet bred contempt for day-old headlines in ink. Even the habit of exchanging money for information dwindled—online, payment was merely an option.”