The Other Typist

Confessions are Rose Baker’s job. A typist for the New York City Police Department, she sits in judgment like a high priestess. Criminals come before her to admit their transgressions, and, with a few strokes of the keys before her, she seals their fate. But while she may hear about shootings, knifings, and crimes of passion, as soon as she leaves the room, she reverts to a dignified and proper lady. Until Odalie joins the typing pool.

As Rose quickly falls under the stylish, coquettish Odalie’s spell, she is lured into a sparkling underworld of speakeasies and jazz. And what starts as simple fascination turns into an obsession from which she may never recover.

* Film rights currently under option to Fox Searchlight in conjunction with Keira Knightley.


G.P. Putnam's Sons, May 2013


Selected Praise:

"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." 

- KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)

"From the first page [I] was absorbed... Suzanne Rindell's story of a 1920s police stenographer who becomes increasingly obsessed with a glamorous new typist reminds me at points of Notes on a Scandal and Patricia Highsmith, but has creepy charms all its own."  


"Rindell is a fine writer, and she's written a suspenseful and well-executed novel.  The Other Typist is an elegant debut."  


Cover design by Lisa Amoroso.

Cover design by Lisa Amoroso.

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Foreign Rights Sold to:

United Kingdom: Fig Tree/Penguin. 

Spain: Lumen/Random House. 

France: Fleuve Noir. 

The Netherlands: Agathon/UnieBoek 

Italy: Casa Editrice Nord. 

Denmark: Forlaget Turbulenz. 

Poland: Znak. 

Russia: Phantom Press. 

Germany: BTB/Random House. 

Lithuania: Vaga. 

Japan: Tokyo Sogensha. 

Mainland China: Shanghai Translation. 

Hong Kong/Taiwan: Azoth. 

Czech Republic: Jota.