Madison Murder Mystery Ink

CSI:Madison - The Thin Man

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Nick and Nora Charles are Hammett's most enchanting creations, a rich, glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. At once knowing and unabashedly romantic, The Thin Man is a murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners.

CSI:Madison - Orange Crush

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Florida governor-by-default Marlon Conrad, the Republicans' "golden boy, " seems a shoo-in for re-election. That is, until he undergoes a radical personality shift during a bloody military action in the Balkans. Just three weeks before the election, Marlon suddenly starts talking about "reform." The governor's new-found conscience may cost him the election--and it appears that everybody from Pensacola to Miami Beach is trying to kill him.

CSI:Madison - The Fifth Child

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Harriet and David, both conservative, old-fashioned and out of step with the liberated '60s, meet in London and know immediately that they are meant to marry. They buy a white elephant of a house in the suburbs and begin to fill its many bedrooms with children. Smugly determined to create a happy family, they unashamedly sponge off David's father and exploit Harriet's mother as an unpaid nanny. The first four children are adorable, but when Harriet becomes pregnant for the fifth time, she realizes that this baby is different.

CSI:Madison - The Last Good Kiss

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

An unforgettable detective story starring C.W. Sughrue, a Montana investigator who kills time by working at a topless bar.

CSI:Madison - Crooked Little Vein

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Michael McGill needed a wake-up call to jump-start his dead career. Instead he gets an impossible assignment delivered directly from the president's heroin-addict chief of staff. It seems the Constitution has some skeletons in its closet: the Founding Fathers doubted that the document would be able to stave off human nature indefinitely, so they devised a backup Constitution to deploy at the first sign of crisis.

CSI:Madison - The Guards

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, December 7, 2006 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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.

CSI:Madison - A Place of Execution

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

A landowner in an isolated English hamlet is hanged for the rape and murder of his 13-year-old stepdaughter. Thirty years later a journalist revisits the case with startling results.

CSI:Madison - The Secrets of Harry Bright

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Seventeen months ago the California desert revealed the remains of Jack Watson. The rich man's son was found incinerated in a Rolls-Royce, a bullet in his head.

CSI:Madison - No Country for Old Men

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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.

CSI:Madison - Farewell, My Lovely

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Marlowe's about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time to get caught up in a murder that leads to a ring of jewel thieves, another murder, a fortune-teller, a couple more murders, and more corruption than your average graveyard.Chandler is not only the best writer of hardboiled PI stories, he's one of the 20th century's top scribes, period.

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