The Other Typist

Suzanne Rindell, read by Gretchen Mol. Penguin Audio, unabridged, eight CDs, 10hrs., $39.95 ISBN 978-1-61176-174-0
Rose Baker is inexperienced and unworldly. She takes and types criminal confessions of every sordid kind for a New York City police precinct, but her life is otherwise unremarkable. Due to the increase of crime resulting from prohibition (the book is set in 1923), a new typist is hired to help with the workload, and Rose is intrigued. Odalie is beautiful, provocative, and more than a little unscrupulous. Rose gets swept into Odalie’s world of fashion trends and speakeasies, and finds it exhilarating. As she relates her growing involvement with Odalie, Rose becomes as uncertain of Odalie’s motives as she is infatuated. Gretchen Mol is effective in narrating Rindell’s novel. She sounds young, reserved, and thoughtful. And the voices Mol—who turns in an earnest and capable performance—lends the other characters are appropriate. An Amy Einhorn/Putnam hardcover. (May)
Reviewed on: 09/02/2013
Release date: 05/01/2013
Library Binding - 447 pages - 978-1-61173-915-2
Hardcover - 356 pages - 978-0-399-16146-9
Ebook - 300 pages - 978-0-241-14573-9
Paperback - 359 pages - 978-0-425-26842-1
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