Book Club Meetings

CSI: Madison - Miami Blues

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

"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

CSI: Madison - Drive

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Much later, as he sat with his back against an inside wall of a Motel 6 just north of Phoenix, watching the pool of blood lap toward him, Driver would wonder whether he had made a terrible mistake. Later still, of course, there'd be no doubt. But for now Driver is, as they say, in the moment.

CSI: Madison - A Simple Plan

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

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.

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 - Bangkok 8

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

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)

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 - 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 - 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 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.

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