Book Club Meetings

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.

CSI: Madison - Caught Stealing

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

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.

CSI:Madison - The Bullet Trick

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

When down-at-heel conjurer William Wilson gets booked for a string of cabaret gigs in Berlin, he is hoping his luck is on the turn. There were certain spectators from his last show he'd rather forget." "Amongst the showgirls and tricksters of Berlin's scandalous underground William can abandon his heart, his head and, more importantly, his past. But secrets have a habit of catching up with him, and the line between the act and reality starts to blur.

CSI:Madison - A Drink Before the War

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

Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, two young, smart-mouthed Boston PIs, are hired by a trio of prominent macho politicians to find a State House cleaning woman who may have purloined some important ``documents.'' The pair quickly learns that Jenna Angeline has no documents. She does have a son and a husband who lead rival black street gangs, an angry sister and a photo of one of the pols with her husband in a hotel room.

CSI:Madison - March Violets

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, July 12, 2007 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

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.

CSI:Madison - Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

About the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden ... and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder.

CSI:Madison - The Postman Always Rings Twice

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

James M. Cain's first novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice, is the noir novel that paved the way for all the noir fiction that followed. Frank Chambers, a drifter, is dropped from the back of a truck at a rundown rural diner. When he spots Cora, the owner's wife, he instantly decides to stay. The sexy young woman, married to Nick, a violent and thuggish boor, is equally attracted to the younger man and sees him as her way out of her hopeless, boring life. They begin a clandestine affair and plot to kill Nick, beginning their own journey toward destruction.

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