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Richard Castle , Johnny Heller
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Oct. 29 2009 Nikki Heat
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 introduces his newest character, NYPD homicide detective Nikki Heat. Tough, sexy, and professional, Nikki 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. Pulitzer Prize winner Rook is as much a handful as he is handsome. But his wisecracking and meddling aren't Nikki's 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.

Castle, the hit ABC television series, premiered in March 2009. The main character, Richard Castle, is the bestselling mystery author of the critically acclaimed Derrick Storm novels. The hard-nosed but sexy Detective Kate Beckett, with whom Castle is paired up, provided the inspiration for Nikki Heat.

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"Heat Wave looks like another bestseller for the thrillmaster. It's hot!" ---James Patterson, New York Times bestselling author

About the Author

Richard Castle, played by actor Nathan Fillion, is the author of numerous bestsellers, including the critically acclaimed Derrick Storm series. His first novel, In a Hail of Bullets received the Nom DePlume Society's prestigious Tom Straw Award for Mystery Literature.

Johnny Heller has won two prestigious Audie Awards, earned numerous Audie nominations, and was named one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Is it Castle or is it Memorex? Nov. 7 2009
For those who are fans of the Castle TV show, this book is a must. Anything that the TV series mentions about the contents of the book is accurate ( yes the sex scene is on page 105 and the dedication is word for word). The details are dead on including Nathan's ...er... Richard Castle's photo on the dust cover.
However, this is a quick read with the usual twists and turns of a whodunnit with most of the Castle characters present, under thinly disguised aliases of course. I finished it in two days and had real fun because I'm a fan of the show and felt familar with the characters ahead of time.
So... I found this to be a great "popcorn movie" type of book which reads like a Castle episode with nothing much to add except for the added in-jokes for fans of the show. Great literature it isn't but who is looking for that in a TV spinoff anyway?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED it! Jan. 22 2010
By Deb
How can you not love anything Castle and Beckett related? This is a great book, and yes, I think you're expected to understand the series so that you don't miss the character development. What a brilliant concept! Take a fictional TV writer and have him publish REAL fictional books that step right out of the series. GREAT thought. Looking forward to all the Castle books (and wouldn't mind the pre-Beckett ones either).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read May 31 2011
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Book 1 in the Nikki Heat series

When I learned there was a novel on the market by Richard Castle, one of my favourite TV characters/ program, curiosity got the best of me. It appears this is creative engineering, a marketing ploy, an ingenious coup to make us believe the TV character Richard Castle is also a published writer. Who the author really is, is another mystery, judging by the writing style, my guess is that Castle's poker buddies (well-known writers) who make guest appearances in some TV episodes have a strong influence behind the hit series.

The novel is entertaining and fun to read. The plotting is basic, creating a run of the mill crime story with some twists here and there. The narration is simple, short and sweet and the dialogue is similar to the characters on the TV show. The book's main characters have different names, Jameson Rook (Richard Castle), is the fictional award winning writer/reporter suffering from a dry period. With the help of his political connections, he is given the opportunity to shadow Nikki Heat (Kate Beckett) and her team of NYPD detectives, hoping to gain ideas for a new book. Nikki is far more aggressive in her relationships and deals with the continual presence of Rook in a different manner than her TV counterpart Kate but the other characters play similar roles, the exception is Alexis, Castle's daughter, who has yet to make an appearance.

As you can see, while reading this novel, I found it hard not to make comparisons with the TV program, it was easier to visualize the characters, and they really came alive in my mind.

The story "Heat Wave" is based around the investigation into the murder of real estate magnate, Matthew Starr, whose body was found at the base of his penthouse apartment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the show, but fun July 22 2011
Now, I know that many people don't notice these things, but my appreciation of a novel is affected by the number of typos and missing or repeated words in a book. I had high hopes for this novel, being a huge fan of the show. However, I found myself stumbling repeatedly as I read because of such errors.
The novel has the feel of a script for the show, making me think that one of the writers on the show is the actual author. It's a fun story that had me reading it to the end, but the overall quality pales in comparison to the television series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and entertaining June 10 2011
As a fan of the show, I really enjoyed this afternoon read.

One of the main reasons is because the banter between the characters is sharp and witty.

However, it gets 4/5 from me because I still like the tv characters better. Since I am such a fan of the show, I couldn't make the leap to this group. Every time I read 'Nikki', my mind translated it to Kate. For every 'Rook', I read Castle. When I stopped trying to fight that, it became more enjoyable. The other main difference for me was that the book is far more salacious than the tv show, and for me, that is a detriment. I love the interplay on the show, and as sanitized as it might be, I prefer it. We see enough of the characters on the show; so much so that I believe the stuff that we DON'T see is the stuff that we don't NEED to see. The 'don't need' stuff is retained in the book, sadly.

I've heard others say that this first novel is pretty short and might not stand up on its own, without the support of the show. It's borderline, true, but I think the book works. I think it works better if you do like the show. The story is pretty straight forward and engaging. [Naked Heat (the second book), is a more complete novel, but I found the story a bit convoluted. Two thirds of the way in, I started not really caring who was who.]

That said, it's still enjoyable enough to recommend... and the second book.
I'll be buying the 3rd when it comes available in the fall.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book ! July 27 2013
By Alex
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If you are a fan of the show Castle, you must read this. A lot of callback to the tv show. It's awesome !
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4.0 out of 5 stars it kept my attention!
I like beating able to visualize the faces of the characters, from the TV show. Love the twists and turns.
Published 1 month ago by Lorinda Andersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short book
This is a really good book if you are not sure it you are interested in the crime books. It is pretty short and packed full of things. It is a must read if you like TV show at all. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the show. Enjoyed the book
I've always been a fan of the show "Castle". I enjoyed reading the book that was mentioned in many episodes and to make a new connection with the show. Marketing genius.
Published 3 months ago by RiderPride
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
A quick fun read. Not a lot of character development or anything, but a fun, light read. Will probably look to read the next one. Very much like the tv show. Read more
Published 7 months ago by LB
4.0 out of 5 stars Heat Wave
Enjoyed the book, could have been longer but ok for a short read. Have purchased 2 more in the series and am well into the second one.
Published 7 months ago by Deb L'Heureux
3.0 out of 5 stars Nikki Heat series Book one
I found this book interesting but not one that I would carry on reading. I would recommend this book to people who really like mystery books
Published 9 months ago by Dale Doucette
5.0 out of 5 stars Like an early episode...but different
Most of what I want to say about this book has been mentioned: the lack of descriptions of characters and the places that have counterparts in the show, the way that they can do... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Brent McKee
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start for a Heat Series
Good foundation of the characters for continuing books. Great Nikki Heat battle for her life/survival. Great chase scenario. Read more
Published 11 months ago by jlaki
5.0 out of 5 stars Castle
Exactly what I was looking for. Perfectly described and in great condition. Started to read it and definitely the way I imagined the book from the show!
Published on Jan. 4 2012 by Franco Lozito
4.0 out of 5 stars Heat Wave, Richard Castle
It's a great book, easy to read and entertaining. I watch the TV show so maybe I love it too much already but its a good book! Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2011 by Aimée Dallaire
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