One Across, Two Down

One Across, Two Down

Book - 2001
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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.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 2001.
Edition: 1st Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard ed.
ISBN: 9780375704949
0375704949
Characteristics: 192 p. ; 21 cm.

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acseligman Jun 02, 2014

I've been on a Ruth Rendell kick lately. I like the Inspector Wexford novels, but actually like the others better, as well as the one book of short stories that I've tried. But of all of them, this is the best! If you're a Patricia Highsmith fan, you'll love this. I couldn't put it down, while it was simultaneously excruciating. And an excellent (I thought) ending, which can be hard to pull off.

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