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The Other Typist

Rindell, Suzanne (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Working as a typist for the NYC Police Department in 1923, Rose Baker documents confessions of harrowing crimes and struggles with changing gender roles while clinging to her Victorian ideals and searching for nurturing companionship before becoming obsessed with a glamorous newcomer and her world of bobbed hair, smoking and speakeasies.
Authors: Rindell, Suzanne
Title: The other typist
Publisher: New York :, G. P. Putnam's Sons, a member of the Penguin Group (USA) Inc.,, [2013]
Characteristics: 356 pages ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Suzanne Rindell
Notes: "Amy Einhorn Books"-- Title page
Summary: Working as a typist for the NYC Police Department in 1923, Rose Baker documents confessions of harrowing crimes and struggles with changing gender roles while clinging to her Victorian ideals and searching for nurturing companionship before becoming obsessed with a glamorous newcomer and her world of bobbed hair, smoking and speakeasies.
ISBN: 0399161465
9780399161469
Branch Call Number: FICTION RINDELL 2013
Subject Headings: New York (N.Y.) History 1898-1951 Fiction Police stations New York (State) New York Fiction Women New York (State) New York Fiction Nineteen twenties Fiction Typists Fiction
Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Suspense fiction
Topical Term: Police stations
Women
Nineteen twenties
Typists
LCCN: 2013000995
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Working as a typist for the NYC Police Department in 1923, Rose Baker documents confessions of harrowing crimes and struggles with changing gender roles while clinging to her Victorian ideals and searching for nurturing companionship before becoming obsessed with a glamorous newcomer and her worl... Read More »

A twisty book. Working as a typist for the NYC Police Department during Prohibition, Rose Baker documents confessions of harrowing crimes. She becomes obsessed with a glamorous new typist and her world of bobbed hair, smoking, and speakeasies. The question is, who is telling the truth and what ex... Read More »

Working as a typist for the NYC Police Department in 1923, Rose Baker documents confessions of harrowing crimes and struggles with changing gender roles while clinging to her Victorian ideals and searching for nurturing companionship before becoming obsessed with a glamorous newcomer and her worl... Read More »

In 1923, Rose Baker is a typist in the NYC Police Department. But when a glamorous new girl joins the typing pool, Rose falls under her spell. As the two women navigate between the sparkling underworld of speakeasies by night, Rose is drawn fully into a high stakes world.


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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.

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!

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

Aug 06, 2013
  • JCLGreggW rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Suzanne Rindell's first novel shows tons of promise. In THE OTHER TYPIST, set in Prohibition New York City where Rose, a conservative young woman who works as a typist for a local police precinct, types out the statements of the criminals who come through the department. She soon falls under the spell of the new typist, Odalie, who is carefree and extravagant and introduces her to the thrilling NYC underworld of speakeasies and gambling dens. Of course, Odalie is not what she seems, and it turns out that Rose is not all what she seems, either. This is a devilishly fun read, filled with pitch perfect descriptions of Jazz Age goings-on. Even though the ending doesn't entirely satisfy, this is still worth reading, and I'll be looking for Rindell's next novel. Oddly enough, I started this novel right after reading Erin Kelly's THE POISON TREE, which is set in London in the 1990s but has a similar story of a straitlaced young woman falling under another woman's spell. If you like THE OTHER TYPIST, check it out.

Jul 26, 2013
  • MLS69 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a great story! I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to her next book. I could hardly put it down.

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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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