2010: #15 – Heat Wave (Richard Castle)

heatwave Book #15 was Heat Wave by Richard Castle.  The back of the book reads:

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. Pulitzer Prize-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.

This was a really fun read, and if you are a fan of the show Castle, I recommend it! It reminded me of the days when I would read anime fan-fiction online. The parallels between the book and the show are very obvious, right down to the cops working for Nikki Heat and Rook’s mother, but for me, it just made it more readable.  The book is fast-paced and you can almost see the movie running in your head. There are even a few unexpected twists. It’s no great work of literature, but it is exactly what it should be — a treat. I wish I knew who "Richard Castle" actually is, but apparently it’s a very well kept secret!

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Socrates’ Book Reviews: Heat Wave by Richard Castle

Page count: 208 | Approximate word count: 62,400

2009: College Girl (Patricia Weitz)
2008: The Paid Companion (Amanda Quick)
2007: Dark Side of the Moon (Sherrilyn Kenyon)
2006: Burnt Offerings (Laurell K. Hamilton)
2005: F is for Fugitive (Sue Grafton)

Used in these Challenges: Random Reading Challenge; 2010 100+ Reading Challenge; 1st in a Series Challenge; E-book Reading Challenge; New Author Challenge 2010; Pages Read Challenge Season 2; Thriller & Suspense Reading Challenge;

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