Madison Murder Mystery Ink

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 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 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.

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