Book Club Meetings

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.

CSI: Madison - Dirty White Boys

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

After killing a black inmate, the brutal Lamar Pye breaks out of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary along with his retarded cousin, Odell, and a hapless artist-turned-felon named Richard. They embark on a desperate run across Oklahoma and Texas, pursued by state troopers. The escapees hide out with a convict groupie who has lived alone since murdering her parents as an adolescent. In a parody of domesticity, Lamar embraces these losers as the family he never knew.

CSI:Madison - Beat the Reaper

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Dr. Peter Brown is an intern at Manhattan's worst hospital, with a talent for medicine, a shift from hell, and a past he'd prefer to keep hidden. "Pietro "Bearclaw" Brnwna is a hitman for the mob, with a genius for violence, a well-earned fear of sharks, and an overly close relationship with the Federal Witness Relocation Program. Dr. Brown's new patient has a very strange idea: that Peter Brown and Pietro Brnwna might - just might - be the same person ...

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 - Black Sunday

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

This is the 1975 debut novel from Harris, who went on to write Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal. Black Sunday pits an American Vietnam veteran of dubious sanity and PLO terrorist accomplices against a ruthless Israeli security agent and the FBI in a race to kill the 80,000 spectators at the Super Bowl, with the president of the United States in attendance. The plot (large-scale terrorist act perpetrated in the United States by an American) was considered somewhat improbable when first reviewed but is considerably less so today.

CSI:Madison - In the Woods

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home from play. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent wood. When the police arrive, they find only one child, gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: The Man in the High Castle

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

What if the Axis powers had won World War II? What if Germany and Japan had divided after conquering in 1947...Capitulation Day it is called?

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