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CSI:Madison - Hard Revolution

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Thursday, March 9, 2006 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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George Pelecanos
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Hard Revolution

Set in Washington, D.C., mostly just before and during the 1968 riots sparked by the killing of Martin Luther King Jr. The first few chapters, though, unfold in 1959, introducing major characters whose paths will entwine later: Derek-who's nabbed for shoplifting but given a break that will set his life on a (more or less) law-abiding path-and his older brother, Dennis; their hardworking parents; and some ancillary figures. By 1968, Derek is a young cop partnered with a white guy; Dennis is a pot-smoking slacker; and many of their acquaintances from '59 are working dead-end jobs with an eye toward crime. Written in rich, observant prose, the novel is a brilliant study of a society tearing apart as racial tensions escalate after the King killing; no wonder some observers have pointed to Pelecanos as the kind of thriller writer who should be nominated for a National Book Award. (Publisher's Weekly) Read more about CSI:Madison - Hard Revolution

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CSI: Madison - Bangkok 8

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Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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John Burdett
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Bangkok 8

Bangkok 8 by John Burdett
Rating: 8.7
The narrator, a Buddhist cop named Sonchai Jitplecheep, finds himself plunged into a dangerous investigation of the deaths by snakebite of his partner Pichai Apiradee and U.S. Embassy Sgt. William Bradley. Sonchai is an unusual character on several levels, from the mysteries of his violent past to his conversations with the ghost of Pichai. His ambiguous feelings toward Kimberley Jones, an American FBI agent brought in to work the case, reflect his upbringing as the child of a Thai mother and an unknown American father. Part mystery, part thriller and part exploration of Thai attitudes toward sex, this accomplished first novel by Burdett delivers both entertainment and depth. (Publisher's Weekly) Read more about CSI: Madison - Bangkok 8

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CSI: Madison - A Simple Plan

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Thursday, June 8, 2006 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Scott Smith
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A Simple Plan

Once one accepts the bizarre premise of Smith's astonishingly adept, ingeniously plotted debut thriller, the book fulfills every expectation of a novel of suspense, leading the reader on a wild exploration of the banality of evil. When Hank Mitchell, his obese, feckless brother Jacob and Jacob's smarmy friend Lou accidentally find a wrecked small plane and its dead pilot in the woods near their small Ohio town, they decide not to tell the authorities about the $4.4 million stuffed into a duffel bag. Instead, they agree to hide the money and later divide it among themselves. The ``simple plan'' sets in motion a spiral of blackmail, betrayal and multiple murder which Smith manipulates with consummate skill, increasing the tension exponentially with plot twists that are inevitable and unpredictable at the same time. Smith demonstrates the eerie ease with which the mundane can descend to the unthinkable. (Publisher's Weekly) Read more about CSI: Madison - A Simple Plan

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CSI: Madison - Miami Blues

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Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Charles Willeford
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Miami Blues

"If you are looking for a master's insight into the humid decadence of South Florida and its polygot tribes, nobody does it better than Mr. Willeford." -The New York Times Book Review "A nasty crime-comedy that's full of casual violence, outrageous coincidences, and hilariously rude dialogue. . . . Willeford has a marvelously deadpan way with losers on both sides of the law." --Kirkus Reviews Read more about CSI: Madison - Miami Blues

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CSI:Madison - The Postman Always Rings Twice

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Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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James M. Cain
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The Postman Always Rings Twice

James M. Cain's first novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice, is the noir novel that paved the way for all the noir fiction that followed. Frank Chambers, a drifter, is dropped from the back of a truck at a rundown rural diner. When he spots Cora, the owner's wife, he instantly decides to stay. The sexy young woman, married to Nick, a violent and thuggish boor, is equally attracted to the younger man and sees him as her way out of her hopeless, boring life. They begin a clandestine affair and plot to kill Nick, beginning their own journey toward destruction. Read more about CSI:Madison - The Postman Always Rings Twice

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CSI:Madison - A Drink Before the War

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Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Dennis Lehane
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A Drink Before the War

Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, two young, smart-mouthed Boston PIs, are hired by a trio of prominent macho politicians to find a State House cleaning woman who may have purloined some important ``documents.'' The pair quickly learns that Jenna Angeline has no documents. She does have a son and a husband who lead rival black street gangs, an angry sister and a photo of one of the pols with her husband in a hotel room. While helping Patrick, Jenna is gunned down in a hail of Uzi fire; gang war is quickly declared, and the two detectives aim for a plan that will avenge the innocent and punish the guilty. Read more about CSI:Madison - A Drink Before the War

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CSI:Madison - Out

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Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Natsuo Kirino
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Out

Four women who work the night shift in a Tokyo factory that produces boxed lunches find their lives twisted beyond repair in this grimly compelling crime novel, which won Japan's top mystery award, the Grand Prix, for its already heralded author, now making her first appearance in English. Despite the female bonding, this dark, violent novel is more evocative of Gogol or Dostoyevsky than Thelma and Louise. When Yayoi, the youngest and prettiest of the women, strangles her philandering gambler husband with his own belt in an explosion of rage, she turns instinctively for help to her co-worker Masako, an older and wiser woman whose own family life has fallen apart in less dramatic fashion. To help her cut up and get rid of the dead body, Masako recruits Yoshie and Kuniko, two fellow factory workers caught up in other kinds of domestic traps. Published for the first time in English, this critically acclaimed Japanese novel brings the mystery thriller to new levels of intensity and realism, drawing readers into a nightmare of murder, suspicion, and fear. Out has great plot twists, intensity, and an ending that would make Hannibal Lecter smile. Read more about CSI:Madison - Out

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CSI:Madison - Black and Blue

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Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Ian Rankin
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Black and Blue

In this excellent entry in the John Rebus series, the Edinburgh police detective has a lot on his plate: an oil-rig worker has been sadistically murdered (or has he?), a television news series has prompted an inquiry into one of Rebus' earlier cases, and--worst of all--a serial killer is on the loose. In the 1960s, a real-life killer called Bible John stalked Glasgow, and to this day, no one knows his true identity. (Rankin points out in the novel's afterword that there is no proof that Bible John is now dead, as many assume.) In the novel, it is 30 years later, and someone--dubbed "Johnny Bible" by the press--is re-creating those vicious crimes. And Rebus is obsessed not only with solving the case but also with finding out the identity of the real Bible John. Read more about CSI:Madison - Black and Blue

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CSI:Madison - No Country for Old Men

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Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Cormac McCarthy
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No Country for Old Men

In 1980 southwest Texas, Llewelyn Moss, hunting antelope near the Rio Grande, stumbles across several dead men, a bunch of heroin and $2.4 million in cash. The bulk of the novel is a gripping man-on-the-run sequence relayed in terse, masterful prose as Moss, who's taken the money, tries to evade Wells, an ex-Special Forces agent employed by a powerful cartel, and Chigurh, an icy psychopathic murderer armed with a cattle gun and a dangerous philosophy of justice. Also concerned about Moss's whereabouts is Sheriff Bell, an aging lawman struggling with his sense that there's a new breed of man (embodied in Chigurh) whose destructive power he simply cannot match. Read more about CSI:Madison - No Country for Old Men

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CSI:Madison - The Guards

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Thursday, December 7, 2006 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Ken Bruen
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The Guards

Still stinging from his unceremonious ouster from the Garda Siochana-The Guards, Ireland's police force-and staring at the world through the smoky bottom of his beer mug, Jack Taylor is stuck in Galway with nothing to look forward to. Stark, violent, sharp, and funny, The Guards is an exceptional novel, one that leaves you stunned and breathless, flipping back to the beginning in a mad dash to find Jack Taylor and enter his world all over again. It's an unforgettable story that's gritty, absorbing, and saturated with the rough-edged rhythms of the Galway streets. Praised by authors and critics around the globe, The Guards heralds the arrival of an essential new novelist in contemporary crime fiction. Read more about CSI:Madison - The Guards

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