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CSI:Madison - The Galton Case

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Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Author: 
Ross MacDonald
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The Galton Case

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. Read more about CSI:Madison - The Galton Case

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CSI:Madison - The Secrets of Harry Bright

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Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Joseph Wambaugh
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The Secrets of Harry Bright

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. Read more about CSI:Madison - The Secrets of Harry Bright

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CSI:Madison - Crooked Little Vein

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Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Author: 
Warren Ellis
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Crooked Little Vein

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. Read more about CSI:Madison - Crooked Little Vein

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CSI:Madison - Orange Crush

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Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Author: 
Tim Dorsey
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Orange Crush

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. Read more about CSI:Madison - Orange Crush

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CSI:Madison - The Zero

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Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Author: 
Jess Walter
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The Zero

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. Read more about CSI:Madison - The Zero

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CSI: Madison - The Friends of Eddie Coyle

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Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Author: 
George V. Higgins
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The Friends of Eddie Coyle

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. Read more about CSI: Madison - The Friends of Eddie Coyle

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CSI : Madison - The Maltese Falcon

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Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Author: 
Dashiell Hammett
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The Maltese Falcon

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.

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CSI: Madison - The Attack

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Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Author: 
Yasmina Khadra
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The Attack

From the graphic, beautifully rendered description of the bombing that opens the novel to the searing conclusion, The Attack portrays the reality of terrorism and its incalculable spiritual costs. Intense and humane, devoid of political bias, hatred, and polemics, it probes deep inside the Muslim world and gives readers a profound understanding of what seems impossible to understand. Read more about CSI: Madison - The Attack

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CSI: Madison - Muscle for the Wing

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Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Author: 
Daniel Woodrell
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Muscle for the Wing

This action-packed thriller is underscored by Woodrell's ability to evoke the tawdry bayou town of St. Bruno and its citizenry: a hodgepodge of misfits and small-time criminals. The Wing, a nationwide gang of ex-convicts and inmates led on the outside by Emil Jadick, will stop at nothing to gain control of the area's action, though it has been dominated for years by boss Auguste Beaurain. After Jadick and his bizarre henchmen invade a poker game and kill one of the players, Mayor Gene Crawford recruits cop Rene Shade and his old friend Shuggie Zeck to find the Wing and dole out justice to the upstarts. An interesting relationship among the men culminates in a surprising conclusion. Read more about CSI: Madison - Muscle for the Wing

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CSI: Madison - The Black Dahlia

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Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Author: 
James Ellroy
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The Black Dahlia

Using the basic facts concerning the 1940s' notorious and yet unsolved Black Dahlia case, Ellroy creates a kaleidoscope of human passion and dark obsession. A young woman's mutilated body is found in a Los Angeles vacant lot. The story is seen through the eyes of Bucky Bleichert, ex-prize fighter and something of a boy wonder on the police force. There is no relief or humor as Bleichert arrives at a grisly discovery. Ellroy's powerful rendering of the long-reaching effects of murder gives the case new meaning. Read more about CSI: Madison - The Black Dahlia

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