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Heat Wave (Nikki Heat Series, Book 1) [Mass Market Paperback]

Richard Castle
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22 Sep 2011
The thrilling new novel ''written by'' the charismatic bestselling author Richard Castle, co-star of the hit ABC show. In Heat Wave, tough, sexy and professional Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads on of New York City's top homicide squads. She's hit with an unexpected challenge when the commissioner assigns a superstar journalist to ride along with her for his research on an article on New York's finest. But as she works to unravel the secrets of a murdered real estate tycoon, she must also confront the spark between herself and the journo.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HYPERION; Premium ed edition (22 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780786891412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786891412
  • ASIN: 0786891416
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 10.3 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Castle is the author of numerous bestsellers, including the critically acclaimed Derrick Storm series. His first novel, In a Hail of Bullets, published while he was still in college, received the Nom DePlume Society's prestigious Tom Straw Award for Mystery Literature. Castle currently lives in Manhattan with his daughter and mother, both of whom infuse his life with humour and inspiration. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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104 of 104 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Heat is on! 17 Feb 2010
HEAT WAVE is the novel that Richard Castle wrote in the series Castle: The Complete First Season [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC], starring Nikki Heat, based on detective Kate Beckett. The book is very nicely presently, being entirely in character from the author photo on the back cover (of Nathan Fillion) to the dedication to the acknowledgments, although the latter references the cast and the show's creators by name. It is just like having a prop from the show.

The story is about a rich New York business man who falls to his death from his apartment. The suspicious circumstances lead homicide detective Nikki Heat and journalist and ride-along, Jameson Rook into the world of high profile art theft and murder. The plot structure, style and humour, as well as the characters (although they have different names) are all exactly the same as the TV show, so fans will straight away be familiar with how it's supposed to feel and will love how you're actually reading what is being talked about in the show for nearly two seasons now. It is fairly fast-flowing once it gets going and although there are only a handful of characters who the culprit could be, the twist at the end was a good surprise for me.

Being a fan of CASTLE, I thought this book was great but it probably will only have a limited amount of appeal to people who have not seen the show. A good mystery with fun characters and decent writing, I hope there's a follow up or even better - we get the chance to read some of his Derek Storm novels!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heat is a fun read! 20 Dec 2010
By rhosymynydd VINE VOICE
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If you are having one of those days when you don't want to get booged down in heavy literary tomes or just need a quick read for plane and train travel, then this is the book for you. I thoroughly enjoyed the TV series as escapist humour which is not my normal viewing and I was presently surprised at the books good literary style. It is a quick, exciting read for all those who like a fun crime novel. Amusing, well written and murder mystery to the limit!Heat Wave
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining beach read 6 July 2011
By W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada TOP 1000 REVIEWER
To be honest, I'd never realised there truly was a Richard Castle book called Heat Wave and if I had, I probably wouldn't have taken the trouble to pick it up. So when Wiebe found it and its sequel Naked Heat at Forbidden Planet and wanted to get them, I was a bit confused, but intrigued nonetheless and into the shopping basket they went. Castle, starring the fabulous Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, is one of the few TV shows Wiebe and I make sure to watch together every week or at least record to watch later. So I could see why he wanted to read the books. And after he flew through them in a weekend, I decided I'd have to read them for myself as well.

Heat Wave is a gimmick novel, the one Castle writes about Beckett in the TV show. As such it's hard to disassociate the characters in the book from those in the TV show. In fact reading Heat Wave is much like watching an alternate reality episode of Castle in your head, one in which the fans do get the romance they've been denied in the TV show--at least so far as I've seen the show and we're a little behind here in The Netherlands. I'd imagine though, that while they might miss the little in-jokes, that people who haven't watched the show would be able to understand and appreciate the characters for who and what they are as written in the book.

The book itself isn't high-flying: the prose is workman-like and the plot is competent, but not brilliant. What this book is though, is fun! There is lots of snark and the same witty banter viewers of Castle might recognise as the show's stock in trade. Heat Wave is written from Nikki Heat's viewpoint and it's fun to have "Beckett's" point-of-view, although we're ever conscious that we're not hitching a ride in Beckett's head, but in Castle's version of Beckett.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heatwave aka Castle's take on Bennet 3 May 2010
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This is a must for anyone who is a fan of the series. It is just like an episode in a book. Even the acknowledgements make entertaining reading.

I'm not sure how attractive it would be for anyone who hasn't watched the series. However it does have a good mystery, humour and entertaining characters.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Above Average Quality TV Show Tie-In 7 Mar 2011
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For a novel that is essentially nothing more than a piece glorified tie-in merchandising for the TV show Castle - Season 1, Heat Wave is surprisingly and pleasingly enjoyable. It would have been quitet easy for ABC, the home of Castle on US TV, and the publishers to simply produce a lazyily written knock-off to cash in on the 12 million viewers the show gets every week. Rather like the programme that spawned it however, Heat Wave has overcome the disadvantages of its lowly origins to actually be a pretty decent detective mystery.

Not that its going to win any literary awards or prizes for originality. This is very much a straight, no frills murder-mystery detective story. Its convoluted enough to keep you gripped, even if the identity of the ultimate culprit does become obvious some time before its revealed. The character interplay is engaging and the New York locales are given just enough colour. Whoever they hired to ghost write the book has done a solid if unspectacular job. Under normal circumstances it would easily grab a three star rating.

What elevates it to a four star novel for me, and probably for any other fans of the TV show, is the way it riffs on the (fictional) world of Richard Castle, Kate Beckett and their friends, colleagues and families. A large part of the fun when reading Heat Wave is comparing Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook with their 'real life' counterparts and seeing how they differ. In many respects they are the same characters and Heat Wave is essentially an extended episode of Castle in book form, but there are some significant differences that separate the novel from its source material.
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