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Cracking Crime: The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

A thrilling tale of the intoxicating and dark side of friendship.

About the Book

New York City, 1924: the height of Prohibition and the whole city swims in bathtub gin.

Rose Baker is an orphaned young woman working for her bread as a typist in a police precinct on the lower East Side. Every day Rose transcribes the confessions of the gangsters and murderers that pass through the precinct. While she may disapprove of the details, she prides herself on typing up the goriest of crimes without batting an eyelid.

But when the captivating Odalie begins work at the precinct Rose finds herself falling under the new typist’s spell. As do her bosses, the buttoned up Lieutenant Detective and the fatherly Sergeant. As the two girls’ friendship blossoms and they flit between the sparkling underworld of speakeasies by night, and their work at the precinct by day, it is not long before Rose’s fascination for her new colleague turns to obsession.

But just who is the real Odalie, and how far will Rose go to find out?

It’s Dead Good because…

You are just as captivated by Rose as she is by Odalie! Told entirely from Rose’s point of view, you follow her tale from the day Odalie first walks into the Police Precinct to its shocking ending. As far as unreliable narrators go, Rose is right up there, you never quite know whether to believe her version of events which is made even trickier by Odalie’s shifting narrative. Odalie was a genius construct, a master manipulator so smooth that when the final blow falls all you can do is applaud.

This is an evocative book, whilst reading it I could hear the clack, clack of the typewriters and smell the smoky haze of the hidden gin joints. It beautifully captures 1920’s New York and is reminiscent of The Great Gatsby with a twist of Hitchcock thrown in! You won’t be able to put it down! It’s also been announced that it is being turned into a film, with Kiera Knightley producing and starring!

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