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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 Mrs. Kinaway lives with them now — and she will stop at nothing to tear their marriage apart. One afternoon, Stanley sets aside his crossword puzzles and changes all their lives forever...

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. Mischievously plotted, smart, maddeningly entertaining, One Across, Two Down is a dark delight — classic Rendell.

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"The best mystery writer in the English-speaking world." Time

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   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 Mrs. Kinaway lives with them now—and she will stop at nothing to tear their marriage apart. One afternoon, Stanley sets aside his crossword puzzles and changes all their lives forever... 

    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.  Mischievously plotted, smart, maddeningly entertaining, One Across, Two Down is a dark delight—classic Rendell.

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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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nanababy5, June 24, 2011 (view all comments by nanababy5)
Though many readers don't consider this one of Rendall's best mysteries, I've always loved it. Drawn to it by my love of both mysteries and crossword puzzles, I was pleasantly surprised at the deftness with which she portrays the simple characters in this story of greed, soured dreams and the kind of domestic tension which only a butinski of a mother in law can create.

As with all of Rendall's books, I am drawn more to the characters and her amazing ability to comprehend the psychology of what makes them who they are, than I am to mere plot. In this case the plot is simple, yet holds one's attention. You have a hunch of what waits around the corner, but you don't know how it will play out.

This little novel is an easy read, but don't mistake easy for carelessly written. Here you will find Rendall's typical eye for detail, strong characterization, and a story told in her own unique style.
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ISBN:
9780375704949
Author:
Rendell, Ruth
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
London
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Series Volume:
106-390
Publication Date:
20010131
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.9 x 5.2 x .5 in .5 lb

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   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 Mrs. Kinaway lives with them now—and she will stop at nothing to tear their marriage apart. One afternoon, Stanley sets aside his crossword puzzles and changes all their lives forever... 

    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.  Mischievously plotted, smart, maddeningly entertaining, One Across, Two Down is a dark delight—classic Rendell.

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