Heat Wave – Richard Castle

Posted: March 24, 2011 in Book Reviews
Fans of the ABC show “Castle” are very familiar with the star of the series, novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Filion). Fans are also familiar with Castle’s fictional character Nikki Heat. Much to my surprise, I found out that there is an actual novel called “Heat Wave” written by, guess who, Richard Castle. Here is the synopsis from Amazon:

A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of reasons to kill trot out their alibis. And then, in the suffocating grip of a record heat wave, comes another shocking murder and a sharp turn in a tense journey into the dirty little secrets of the wealthy. Secrets that prove to be fatal. Secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light.

Mystery sensation Richard Castle, blockbuster author of the wildly best-selling Derrick Storm novels, introduces his newest character, NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat. Tough, sexy, professional, Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City’s top homicide squads. She’s hit with an unexpected challenge when the commissioner assigns superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook to ride along with her to research an article on New York’s Finest. PulitzerPrize-winning Rook is as much a handful as he is handsome. His wise-cracking and meddling aren’t her only problems. As she works to unravel the secrets of the murdered real estate tycoon, she must also confront the spark between them. The one called heat.

I am a huge Castle fan. I have both seasons on DVD and watch them repeatedly. The story and characters are so interesting and compelling. Consequently, I was very excited to read the actual “Heat Wave” book. This is where my excitement ended. While it is a good book, if you really enjoy Castle and Beckett’s relationship and interaction on the show, I personally would suggest skipping the book. Watch the show instead. Unless you have the proper perspective.

Which I didn’t. I read the book as if Rook was Castle and Beckett was Nikki Heat. With that said, I really just enjoy watching the show. If I want a dose of the ABC series, I’ll tune in Mondays at 10:00.

Now for the book. The book started off a little slow, and the author (who is still a mystery) seemed to be struggling to find the voice of the characters. About a third of the way through, he (or she) found their stride. The characters started to become more real. The story really hits a good pace and I started to care about the main characters and the plot of  the story. The writing style remains a little choppy for my personal preference, but the story does move along quickly and the action is well done.  The “whodunit” aspect of the story was intriguing and kept me guessing until the end.

I enjoyed reading “Heat Wave”, and if you have a time when you’re reading schedule is light and want a quick, fun read, “Heat Wave” is for you. Maybe I’m not a “true” fan of the show (I think I am), but for my dose of Castle and Beckett, I’ll stick to the writers of the show and not the “fictional” characters.


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