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Dictionary definitions of Cracker include: "exceptionally excellent person or thing; crazy," an apt description of charismatic forensic psychologist Dr. Edward Fitzgerald (or "Fitz," as he is known). Cracker is also the name of the Edgar Award-winning television series on A&E that has garnered worldwide critical acclaim. In The Mad Woman in the Attic, Fitz is on the trail of a brutal serial killer whose latest victim is a former student of his. The police already have a suspect. Found lying by the railroad track covered in the victim's blood, the young man claims complete amnesia. The police bring in Fitz to get a confession. They are highly displeased, however, by the result: Fitz claims the police theory does not fit the facts. The ingenuous psychologist becomes convinced this troubled young man is innocent. In agreement is lovely Detective Sergeant Jane Penhaligon. When Fitz and she team up on the investigation, his personal involvement in the case grows, as do the complications in his already tangled personal life.
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When his student Jacqui Appleby is slashed to death aboard the Glasgow-Manchester express, psychologist Dr. Edward Fitzgerald thrusts himself into the police investigation, and onto the agenda of Sgt. Jane Penhaligon. It's not an easy time for Fitz, whose gambling debts have driven his wife Judith out of the house, and he makes it equally difficult for Penhaligon by his insistence that the police suspect, a man who offers no defense but amnesia, doesn't fit the psychological profile of the serial killer they're looking for.

TV's profane, undisciplined Fitz is a prodigious creation, but this novelization, based on a screenplay by series creator Jimmy McGovern, shows him more as bully than detective. Be assured, though—the double dose of hazy stream-of-consciousness writing guarantees that Fitz's second case (Cracker: To Say I Love You, not reviewed) doesn't read like a teleplay.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780312145767
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

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    cracker does NOT mean what he said it does. when refering to a person it usually means a boastful liar, a Southern white (disparagingly), as well as a crazy person like he said. I couldn't tell you where he got the excellent person part from; it's absolutely wrong and he probably knows it. someone should tell the idiot not to name his book CRACKER if he wants people to buy it.

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