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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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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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CSI:Madison - Firewall

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Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Author: 
Henning Mankell
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Firewall

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. Read more about CSI:Madison - Firewall

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CSI:Madison - Every Dead Thing

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Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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John Connolly
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Every Dead Thing

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. Read more about CSI:Madison - Every Dead Thing

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CSI:Madison - Hard Revolution

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Thursday, March 9, 2006 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Author: 
George Pelecanos
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Hard Revolution

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. By 1968, Derek is a young cop partnered with a white guy; Dennis is a pot-smoking slacker; and many of their acquaintances from '59 are working dead-end jobs with an eye toward crime. Written in rich, observant prose, the novel is a brilliant study of a society tearing apart as racial tensions escalate after the King killing; no wonder some observers have pointed to Pelecanos as the kind of thriller writer who should be nominated for a National Book Award. (Publisher's Weekly) Read more about CSI:Madison - Hard Revolution

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CSI: Madison - Bangkok 8

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Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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John Burdett
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Bangkok 8

Bangkok 8 by John Burdett
Rating: 8.7
The narrator, a Buddhist cop named Sonchai Jitplecheep, finds himself plunged into a dangerous investigation of the deaths by snakebite of his partner Pichai Apiradee and U.S. Embassy Sgt. William Bradley. Sonchai is an unusual character on several levels, from the mysteries of his violent past to his conversations with the ghost of Pichai. His ambiguous feelings toward Kimberley Jones, an American FBI agent brought in to work the case, reflect his upbringing as the child of a Thai mother and an unknown American father. Part mystery, part thriller and part exploration of Thai attitudes toward sex, this accomplished first novel by Burdett delivers both entertainment and depth. (Publisher's Weekly) Read more about CSI: Madison - Bangkok 8

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CSI: Madison - A Simple Plan

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Thursday, June 8, 2006 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Scott Smith
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A Simple Plan

Once one accepts the bizarre premise of Smith's astonishingly adept, ingeniously plotted debut thriller, the book fulfills every expectation of a novel of suspense, leading the reader on a wild exploration of the banality of evil. When Hank Mitchell, his obese, feckless brother Jacob and Jacob's smarmy friend Lou accidentally find a wrecked small plane and its dead pilot in the woods near their small Ohio town, they decide not to tell the authorities about the $4.4 million stuffed into a duffel bag. Instead, they agree to hide the money and later divide it among themselves. The ``simple plan'' sets in motion a spiral of blackmail, betrayal and multiple murder which Smith manipulates with consummate skill, increasing the tension exponentially with plot twists that are inevitable and unpredictable at the same time. Smith demonstrates the eerie ease with which the mundane can descend to the unthinkable. (Publisher's Weekly) Read more about CSI: Madison - A Simple Plan

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CSI: Madison - Miami Blues

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Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Charles Willeford
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Miami Blues

"If you are looking for a master's insight into the humid decadence of South Florida and its polygot tribes, nobody does it better than Mr. Willeford." -The New York Times Book Review "A nasty crime-comedy that's full of casual violence, outrageous coincidences, and hilariously rude dialogue. . . . Willeford has a marvelously deadpan way with losers on both sides of the law." --Kirkus Reviews Read more about CSI: Madison - Miami Blues

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