The Other Typist

Rindell, Suzanne

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Other Typist
"Take a dollop of Alfred Hitchcock, a dollop of Patricia Highsmith, throw in some Great Gatsby flourishes, and the result is Rindell's debut, a pitch-black comedy about a police stenographer accused of murder in 1920s Manhattan.... A deliciously addictive, cinematically influenced page-turner, both comic and provocative." #151; Kirkus Reviews , starred review For fans of The Talented Mr. Ripley and The Great Gatsby comes one of the most memorable unreliable narrators in years. nbsp; Rose Baker seals men's fates. With a few strokes of the keys that sit before her, she can send a person away for life in prison. A typist in a New York City Police Department precinct, Rose is like a high priestess. Confessions are her job. It is 1923, and while she may hear every detail about shootings, knifings, and murders, as soon as she leaves the interrogation room she is once again the weaker sex, best suited for filing and making coffee. This is a new era for women, and New York is a confusing place for Rose. Gone are the Victorian standards of what is acceptable. All around her women bob their hair, they smoke, they go to speakeasies. Yet prudish Rose is stuck in the fading light of yesteryear, searching for the nurturing companionship that eluded her childhood. When glamorous Odalie, a new girl, joins the typing pool, despite her best intentions Rose falls under Odalie's spell. As the two women navigate between the sparkling underworld of speakeasies by night and their work at the station by day, Rose is drawn fully into Odalie's high-stakes world. And soon her fascination with Odalie turns into an obsession from which she may never recover.

Publisher: New York :, Amy Einhorn Books,, c2013.
ISBN: 9780399161469
Characteristics: 356 pages ,24 cm


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Jan 20, 2015
  • eringate rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. That is until the last 3 pages. I've heard of stories having disappointing endings, but this one just down right confused me! I love that it takes place during the 1920's prohibition era; minus some of the technological advances that we enjoy today, the story feels fresh! I would recommend this book because it is very well written and has lots of twists and turns. Problem end, the twists and turns don't end anywhere that leaves the reader satisfied.

Sep 02, 2014
  • kingofkensington rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The first book I consciously read that had an 'unreliable narrator' - it's a very good read and had me captivated.

Jul 06, 2014
  • molmil8 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thought this was a great book. Very well-written. Brings you into the era . I saw some complaints that the ending was a let-down, but I thought it was well-done.

Jul 03, 2014

I had just finished watching the Ken Burns series "Prohibition" when I began listening to"The Other Typist" as a talking book. I enjoyed both very much indeed. The "Typist" appears to be historically accurate, and definitely very interesting, in its evocation of Twenties society. The female protagonist is a compelling character, and the twists and the turns in the plot keep one engaged.

Jun 21, 2014
  • 2314joni rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A slow moving novel with not much of a plot. Takes place in the 1920's.

Feb 09, 2014
  • sigridmac rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great read. I particularly liked the narrator, Rose, a rather bland and timid sort who meets up with Odalie, an exotic risk-taker. The story takes place during prohibition and is reminiscent of the Great Gatsby in parts. Thoroughly enjoyable except that I found the end confusing and subject to multiple interpretations.

Oct 17, 2013
  • maven rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Too tedious and boring to finish...

Oct 10, 2013
  • jtkretzschmar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My goodness that was a good book. Really, I picked this book up at the library about 5 min before it closed just because I like the name. (pathetic right?) I'm so glad I did though, it was an amazing first novel. I don't want to ruin the plot line by giving away any of the story, but read this novel - it's amazing.

Sep 19, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is a well-crafted, entertaining, psychological thriller about friendship and deception in a pair of female friends. My one complaint was that, after a LOT of buildup, the climax/breakdown was handled rather perfunctorily. Still, a real page-turner!

Aug 18, 2013

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: An excellent book! Although it was a bit slow, it definitely kept my interest.

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Sep 19, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Rose is a rare girl - she works as a police typist in 1923 New York. An orphan, Rose longs for companionship and a friend to share her life with. As if on cue, in comes the glamorous, beautiful Odalie Lazare who quickly bewitches not only Rose, but the entire department. Odalie cultivates Rose's devotion, but her sinister secrets put Rose in danger. Is Odalie setting Rose up for a fall?


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