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One across, Two downby Ruth Rendell
Synopses & Reviews
Two things interest Stanley Manning: crossword puzzles, and the substantial sum his wife Vera stands to inherit when his mother-in-lawdies. Otherwise, life at 61 Lanchester Road is a living hell. For Mrs. Kinaway lives with them now--and she will stop at nothing to tear their marriage apart. One afternoon, Stanley sets aside his crosswordpuzzles and changes all their lives forever...
In One Across, Two Down, master crime writer Ruth Rendell describes a man whose strained sanity andstained reputation transform him from a witless loser into a killer afraid of his own shadow. Mischievously plotted, smart, maddeningly entertaining, One Across, Two Down is a darkdelight--classic Rendell.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Vera, who lives with her invalid mother and idle husband, Stanley, struggles to find peace amid domestic strife, until Stanley, driven by hatred and ever-increasing conflict with his much disliked mother-in-law, decides to lend death a helping hand, but he soon discovers that his action may have a terrible cost. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
Two things interest Stanley Manning: crossword puzzles, and the substantial sum his wife Vera stands to inherit when his mother-in-law dies. Otherwise, life at 61 Lanchester Road is a living hell. For she lives with them now--and she will stop at nothing to tear his marriage apart. One afternoon, Stanley lends death a helping hand. But very soon after the deed is done, he finds that his actions may cost him. In One Across, Two Down, master crime writer Ruth Rendell describes a man whose strained sanity and stained reputation transform him from a witless loser into a killer afraid of his own shadow.
About the Author
Ruth Rendell is the author of Road Rage, The Keys to the Street, Bloodlines, Simisola, and The Crocodile Bird. She is the winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award. She is also the recipient of three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America and four Gold Daggers from Great Britain’s Crime Writers Association. In 1997, she was named a life peer in the House of Lords. Ruth Rendell also writes mysteries under the name of Barbara Vine, of which A Dark Adapted Eye is the most famous. She lives in England.
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