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There are only two things in life that interest Stanley: solving crossword puzzles, and getting his hands on his mother-in-law’s money. For 20 years, the puzzles have been his only pleasure, the money his only dream. It has never occurred to Stanley that his mother-in-law would try to outsmart him and the money would never be his. Until now.
It is only now that Stanley, so clever at misleading double meanings and devious clues, decides to construct a puzzle of his own—and so give death a helping hand.
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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 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.From the Back Cover:
?The best mystery writer in the English-speaking world.? --Time
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Book Description Thorndike Press, 1983. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110896214664
Book Description Thorndike Press, 1983. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0896214664