Madison Murder Mystery Ink

CSI : Madison - The Maltese Falcon

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Sam Spade is a partner in a private-eye firm who finds himself hounded by police when his partner is killed while tailing a man. The woman who asked his partner to follow the man turns out to be someone who is not what she says she is, and is really involved in something to do with the 'Maltese Falcon', a gold-encrusted life-sized statue of a falcon, the only one of its kind. This event is part of The Big Read 2008.

CSI: Madison - The Bottoms

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Deep East Texas in the Great Depression. A place where poverty is as prevalent and devastating as tornadoes. When young Harry Crane discovers a mutilated body in the river bottoms, a cold fear grips the region and racial tension nears fever pitch. Harry believes the killer is the Goat Man, a monster of Texas legend, made all the more real to Harry because he has actually seen him on his nocturnal wanderings.

CSI:Madison - Texas Wind

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Originally released in 1980, TEXAS WIND was virtually out of print the moment it was published thanks to the distribution problems of Manor Books, the book's publisher. But the book has long been on the lips of fans of hardboiled private detective novels, ever on the lookout for quality stories from the genre. Finally, in 2004 the small publisher Point Blank Press has republished the book and provided us with the opportunity of meeting Cody, James Reasoner's calm but reassuringly capable Texan private investigator.

CSI: Madison - The Friends of Eddie Coyle

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Eddie Coyle works for Jimmy Scalisi, supplying him with guns for a couple of bank jobs. But a cop named Foley is on to Eddie and he's leaning on him to finger Scalisi, a gang leader with a lot to hide. And then there's Dillon-a full-time bartender and part-time contract killer--pretending to be Eddie's friend. Wheeling, dealing, chasing, and stealing--that's Eddie, and he's got lots of friends.

CSI:Madison - Cotton Comes to Harlem

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

Black flim-flam man Deke O'Hara is no sooner out of Atlanta's state penitentiary than he's back on the streets working the scam of a lifetime. As sponsor of the Back-to-Africa movement he's counting on the big Harlem rally to produce a big collection - for his own private charity. But the take ($87,000) is hijacked by white gunmen and hidden in a bale of cotton that suddenly everyone wants to get his hands on.

CSI:Madison - The Poet

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Jack McEvoy is a Denver crime reporter with the stickiest assignment of his career. His twin brother, homicide detective Sean McEvoy, was found dead in his car from a self-inflicted bullet wound to the head--an Edgar Allen Poe quote smeared on the windshield. Jack is going to write the story. The problem is that Jack doesn't believe that his brother killed himself, and the more information he uncovers, the more it looks like Sean's death was the work of a serial killer.

CSI:Madison - The Zero

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

From its opening pages - when hero cop Brian Remy wakes up to find he's shot himself in the head - novelist Jess Walter takes us on a harrowing tour of a city and a country shuddering through the aftershocks of a devastating terrorist attack. As the smoke slowly clears, Remy finds that his memory is skipping, lurching between moments of lucidity and days when he doesn't seem to be living his own life at all.

CSI:Madison - Father and Son

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

Convicted and sentenced on a vehicular homicide charge, Glen is the bad seed - the haunted, angry, drunken, and dangerous son of Virgil and Emma Davis. Bobby Blanchard is the sheriff, as different from Glen as can be imagined, but in love with the same woman - the mother of Glen's illegitimate son. Before he's been back in town thirty-six hours, Glen has robbed his war-crippled father, bullied and humiliated his younger brother, and rejected his son, David.

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.

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