Book Club Meetings

CSI: Madison - The Black Dahlia

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

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.

CSI:Madison - Hard Revolution

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2006 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Set in Washington, D.C., mostly just before and during the 1968 riots sparked by the killing of Martin Luther King Jr. The first few chapters, though, unfold in 1959, introducing major characters whose paths will entwine later: Derek-who's nabbed for shoplifting but given a break that will set his life on a (more or less) law-abiding path-and his older brother, Dennis; their hardworking parents; and some ancillary figures.

CSI: Madison - Muscle for the Wing

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

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.

CSI:Madison - The Talented Mr. Ripley

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, May 10, 2007 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

In a chilling literary hall of mirrors, Patricia Highsmith introduces Tom Ripley. Like a hero in a latter-day Henry James novel, is sent to Italy with a commission to coax a prodigal young American back to his wealthy father. But Ripley finds himself very fond of Dickie Greenleaf. He wants to be like him - exactly like him. Suave, agreeable, and utterly amoral, Ripley stops at nothing - certainly not only one murder - to accomplish his goal. Turning the mystery form inside out, Highsmith shows the terrifying abilities afforded to a man unhindered by the concept of evil.

CSI:Madison - Every Dead Thing

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Every Dead Thing by John Connolly
Rating: 6.1
Haunted by the unsolved slayings of his wife and daughter, former New York City Detective Charlie Parker is a man consumed by guilt, regret, and the desire for revenge. When his search for a missing woman leads him to the man who destroyed his family, Parker knows payback time has come at last.

CSI: Madison - The Attack

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

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.

CSI:Madison - The Killer Inside Me

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Lou Ford is the deputy sheriff of a small town in Texas. The worst thing most people can say against him is that he's a little slow and a little boring. But, then, most people don't know about the sickness - the sickness that almost got Lou put away when he was younger. The sickness that is about to surface again. An underground classic since its publication in 1952, The Killer Inside Me is the book that made Jim Thompson's name synonymous with the roman noir.

CSI:Madison - Firewall

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

A man stops at an ATM and suddenly falls dead to the ground. A blackout cuts power to a large swath of southern Sweden. When a serviceman arrives at the malfunctioning power substation, he makes a grisly discovery. Inspector Kurt Wallander begins to sense a connection between all of these events and, at the same time, becomes increasingly aware of the vulnerability of a digitized society.

CSI : Madison - The Maltese Falcon

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

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.

CSI: Madison - The Bottoms

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

Deep East Texas in the Great Depression. A place where poverty is as prevalent and devastating as tornadoes. When young Harry Crane discovers a mutilated body in the river bottoms, a cold fear grips the region and racial tension nears fever pitch. Harry believes the killer is the Goat Man, a monster of Texas legend, made all the more real to Harry because he has actually seen him on his nocturnal wanderings.

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