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One Across, Two Down [Paperback]

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3.0 out of 5 stars greed Aug. 20 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
smooth, if inconsequential narrative. economical with word and psychologically insightful. reminiscent of hitchcock's black and white t.v. tales.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful tale of greed gone out of control July 23 2001
Format:Hardcover
I knew from Rendell's past books that this would end in chaos. There some tense moments, but Stanley ends up getting .... It moves right along and is hard to put down.
It's a good story about people waiting for someone to die so they can inherit money and how easily it can go wrong.
Vera, Stanley's wife, is a docile, meek character at the beginning.... ....Having nosy neighbors was ...downfall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I read this book for the first time many years ago Feb. 10 2014
By Caroline Spencer - Published on Amazon.com
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and have read it every five years or so since then. It's wonderful every time. Ruth Rendell is a master of mystery and suspense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good! Nov. 19 2013
By Linda Roujon - Published on Amazon.com
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This is on of the first Ruth Rendell suspense novels that I read. I have read it again twice since. Think it's extremely well written and interesting. Found this book especially easy to read. In fact, I couldn't put it down, even the second and third times. Great suspense novel, very interesting characters…
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4.0 out of 5 stars Early suspense from a master storyteller Nov. 6 2006
By Phillip Oliver - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of Ruth Rendell's early novels (first published in 1971), a bleak foray into greed and despair. Stanly and Vera live in a North London suburd along with Vera's mother, the caustic Maud, who hates her deadbeat son-in-law with a passion. The feelings are mutual from Stanley, who is constantly planning Maud's demise when he is not obsessed with his favorite hobby - crossword puzzles. As in most Rendell novels, there are few likable characters here with the exception of Vera, the long-suffering wife. In a way, each character gets what they want, but the hands of fate have ways of playing them out in unexpected ways. There is a pervailing atmosphere of doom and gloom that gets darker as the novel progresses and Rendell may get the reader to gain a little sympathy toward Stanley, which is quite an accomplishment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD CHARACTERS July 24 2013
By Billie Jean - Published on Amazon.com
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It's nice to see the villian have the end he deserves. The wife was certainly long suffering - maybe a little too much so. The mother/mother-in-law was amusing. All in all it was a good book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 15 2014
By Kathryn M Dusen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Like one of those bad dreams where you still want to know what happens next!
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