Suzanne Rindell, who's done years of research about early 20th century American life in pursuit of a doctorate degree at Rice University, set her debut novel, The Other Typist in – can you guess? -- the 1920s. In the darkly comic novel, prim and proper Rose, a typist for the
New York City police department, seems tied to the quickly fading mores of the Victorian era. Her co-worker Odalie, on the other hand, is eager to embrace the new social freedoms women are enjoying. Rose seems to have fallen under Odalie’s influence. The key word there is seems. Just when readers think they have a handle on Rindell's protagonist, Rose does something unexpected. Even Odalie doesn't know the full truth about her friend.