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CSI: Madison - Dirty White Boys

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Thursday, November 8, 2007 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Stephen Hunter
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Dirty White Boys

After killing a black inmate, the brutal Lamar Pye breaks out of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary along with his retarded cousin, Odell, and a hapless artist-turned-felon named Richard. They embark on a desperate run across Oklahoma and Texas, pursued by state troopers. The escapees hide out with a convict groupie who has lived alone since murdering her parents as an adolescent. In a parody of domesticity, Lamar embraces these losers as the family he never knew. Unlettered Lamar is a natural leader, more intelligent by far than his pursuers, but his gang screws up every time at a terrible cost in bloodshed. Read more about CSI: Madison - Dirty White Boys

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CSI:Madison - March Violets

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Thursday, July 12, 2007 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Philip Kerr
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March Violets

The brutality and corruption of Nazi Germany serve as the backdrop for this impressive debut mystery novel. Scottish-born Kerr re-creates the period accurately and with verve; the novel reeks of the sordid decade that saw Hitler's rise to power. Bernhard Gunther is a hard-boiled Berlin detective who specializes in tracking down missing persons--mostly Jews. He is summoned by a wealthy industrialist to find the murderer of his daughter and son-in-law, killed during the robbery of a priceless diamond necklace. Gunther quickly is catapulted into a major political scandal involving Hitler's two main henchmen, Goering and Himmler. Read more about CSI:Madison - March Violets

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CSI: Madison - Caught Stealing

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Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Author: 
Charlie Huston
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Caught Stealing

It's three thousand miles from the green fields of glory, where Henry "call me Hank" Thompson once played California baseball, to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where the tenements are old, the rents are high, and the drunks are dirty. But now Hank is here, working as a bartender and taking care of a cat named Bud who is surely going to get him killed. Blood in buckets, bodies in heaps. But the dialogue's fresh, and the pages turn in a superviolent debut. Read more about CSI: Madison - Caught Stealing

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CSI:Madison - City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit

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Thursday, May 5, 2005 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Elmore Leonard
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City Primeval

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. Read more about CSI:Madison - City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit

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CSI:Madison - Farewell, My Lovely

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Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Raymond Chandler
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Farewell, My Lovely

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. Read more about CSI:Madison - Farewell, My Lovely

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CSI:Madison - A Place of Execution

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Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Author: 
Val McDermid
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A Place of Execution

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. Read more about CSI:Madison - A Place of Execution

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CSI:Madison - The Last Good Kiss

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Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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James Crumley
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The Last Good Kiss

An unforgettable detective story starring C.W. Sughrue, a Montana investigator who kills time by working at a topless bar. Read more about CSI:Madison - The Last Good Kiss

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CSI:Madison - The Thin Man

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Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Dashiell Hammett
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The Thin Man

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. Read more about CSI:Madison - The Thin Man

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CSI:Madison - The Poet

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Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Author: 
Michael Connelly
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The Poet

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. Jack's research turns up similar cases in cities across the country, and within days, he's sucked into an intense FBI investigation of an Internet pedophile who may also be a cop killer nicknamed the Poet. It's only a matter of time before the Poet kills again, and as Jack and the FBI team struggle to stay ahead of him, the killer moves in, dangerously close. Read more about CSI:Madison - The Poet

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CSI:Madison - Texas Wind

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Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Author: 
James Reasoner
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Texas Wind

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. Cody is travelling through Fort Worth on his way to the opulent residence of the Traft family where he is to meet Gloria Traft who wants to hire him to find her daughter, Amanda. Amanda is a university student living away from home, but she has been missing for some time and Mrs Traft wants her found quietly while her husband is away to avoid unwanted publicity. Cody immediately does what all good private investigators do; he starts off gathering information through interviews. an enthralling book that combines a good solid mystery with a straightforward plot and a strong protagonist. (Amazon) Read more about CSI:Madison - Texas Wind

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