Madison Murder Mystery Ink

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.

CSI:Madison - The Galton Case

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Almost twenty years have passed since Anthony Galton disappeared, along with a suspiciously streetwise bride and several thousand dollars of his family's fortune. Now Anthony's mother wants him back and has hired Lew Archer to find him. What turns up is a headless skeleton, a boy who claims to be Galton's son, and a con game whose stakes are so high that someone is still willing to kill for them.

CSI:Madison - Black and Blue

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

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.

CSI:Madison - City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, May 5, 2005 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Ride down Woodward Avenue into the Motor City, toward a deadly show-down between dedicated homicide detective Raymond Cruz and a psychopathic murderer, "Oklahoma Wildman" Clement Mansell, who picked the wrong town to kill someone, even if it was only a crooked judge.

CSI:Madison - The Shape of Water

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Early one morning, Silvio Lupanello is found dead in his car, parked in a rough part of Vigàta frequented by prostitutes and drug dealers. As the news of his death spreads, the rumors begin. Enter Inspector Salvo Montalbano, Vigàta's most respected detective. Montalbano goes into battle against the powerful and the corrupt who are determined to block his path to the real killer. A funny and fast-paced Sicilian page-turner.

CSI:Madison - Out

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

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.

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