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Richard Castle
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26 Oct 2012 Nikki Heat
When New York's most vicious gossip columnist is found dead, Heat uncovers a gallery of high profile suspects. Heat's investigation is complicated by her surprise reunion with superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook. Sexual tension fills the air as Heat and Rook embark on a search for a killer among celebrities and mobsters, singers and hookers, pro athletes and shamed politicians.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (26 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781166293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781166291
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,281 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.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nikki Heat finding her voice 13 July 2011
By W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Naked Heat is the second Nikki Heat novel. Much of what I said about Heat Wave can also be said about Naked Heat. It is still like watching an alternate reality Castle in your head. Because of this, the story still very much tied to the Castle TV show. Some of the research we see Castle do in the show, mainly the tied-to-the-chair experiment, makes an appearance in the book. This leads to several 'Aha!'-moments, where you'll recognise stuff from the second season of Castle in the book. At the same time, funnily enough, I noticed stuff in the book I'd missed in the series. Such as Lanie and Esposito, Lauren and Ochoa in the books, hooking up! So reading the books and watching the show can act in a complementary manner.

The writing is much improved from Heat Wave; where in the last book the prose was workman-like, it's much better here, though still not soaring, and the story flows much better. Partly, this is due to the fact that in Naked Heat we're not limited to Nikki's point of view. We witness scenes from Rook's point of view and go on ride-alongs with Raley and Ochoa when they go interview a relative of one of the victims in Spanish Harlem. I liked these switches a lot and, especially in the case of Roach, it means that there are less infodumpy updates where they have to inform Nikki - and the reader - of their progress on the case. Now the reader looks over their shoulder and they presumably update Nikki off-stage. This makes for a lot less stopping to explain the clues and where we're going next. Of course, this being the second book in the series, there's no need to introduces any of the main cast and that also helps with the flow of the book, we can get right to the action.

Naked Heat's plot was also much to my liking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! 16 May 2013
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If you're a Castle fan you NEED to get this book! It's written in exactly the way you would expect Rick to write and as such, it's simply brilliant!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Charming 16 July 2011
Book2 in the Nikki Heat series

Without any doubt this charming series is intended for fans of the TV program 'Castle'. Each new addition mimics the warm chemistry created by the show. The plot sends the readers' imagination on a wild ride that has ample cute and amusing twists. This latest is undeniably entertaining, although the writing is run of the mill and predictable; we nevertheless find red herrings, snippets of police work, moments of tensions and romance between the two leads and a snappy dialog.

'Naked Heat' centers on the murder of a well-known gossip columnist famous for her revealing articles on people in the public eye. It is rumoured that she is about to release a career making tell-all, one that will blow the minds of all concerned. We follow Nikki Heat and her partner hotshot reporter/writer Jameson Rook and her team of detectives on the trail of the murderer of this high profile columnist. The clues some good some misleading takes us through a maze of information, a world of secrets, cover-ups and scandals as they trade barbs and innuendos all the while taking heat from the press and their superiors.

This fun and fast read will appeal to both regulars of the TV show and enthusiasts of simple, exciting mystery novels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Already looking forward to 'Heat Rises' 23 Jun 2011
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'Naked Heat' is just as entertaining as 'Heat Wave' but a bit longer. The beginning of the novel echoes the start of series 3 of 'Castle', Heat and Rook have been out of touch for months and when they do meet up again it is at a crime scene. Rook is writing a profile of Cassidy Towne, a hated gossip columnist and finds her dead at her home, he calls in the murder and who should show up but Nicky Heat. Any fan of the show has got to read these books but they also work as stand alone humorous crime novels. The added bonus with 'Naked Heat' is that there is a photo of Richard (Nathan Fillion)Castle on the inside back cover and the book includes an excerpt from the next novel 'Heat Rises'. As there is going to be a 4th series of this great show I think it is safe to assume that another novel is currently being written - and I still don't want to know who the 'author' is'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! 25 Sep 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brownie points 14 Mar 2014
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My missus loves castle and this got me loads of Brownie points!!! She hasn't put it down!!! She loved it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Naked heat 3 Feb 2014
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Easier to read now I've got the TV series characters out of my head. A surprisingly good read with twists and turns and hidden gems of info.
Nikki and Rook work well together.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book 15 Jan 2014
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I loved watching the Castle series and I have to say this is so good, makes me feel like I am actually watching the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you guessing until nearly the end
Having read the first novel I have to say this was a much better story with lots of red herrings & twists. It isn't Shakespeare but it is an entertaining detective story. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Semolina-kid
5.0 out of 5 stars Naked Heat by Richard Castle
These are my wife books that she love to reads all the time she love them, she as got a few of them.
Published 3 months ago by Sam Plummer
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good!!
Follows on from the first book Heat Wave very well. Causes multiple emotions for the characters as well. I look forward to racing the rest of the series
Published 4 months ago by Shannon Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars conflicted show vs book
I really liked this book as did I with the last one. However, as a watcher of the show I found it hard to not find the characters merging into their small screen counter parts and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. M. J. Priestland
5.0 out of 5 stars book
this book is a great read - would recommend anyone to read if they saw RICHARD CASTLE on the TV
Published 5 months ago by karen green
4.0 out of 5 stars as a castle fan
I love the Nikki Heat books and can't wait to fly through the next one! It's like Becket and Castle but with enough of a twist not to feel samish!
Published 5 months ago by JG
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
Such a well written and thought out book. The book is almost a mini script for the TV series. I could see the actors as I read the pages. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Vanessa Beckett
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Love the books, brilliantly wrote and I love the "Castle" tv series x
Buying the third book now! I'm Hooked :)
Published 7 months ago by Cath Burrows
5.0 out of 5 stars Castle
Had to have the complete collection, if you like Castle the collection is a must ....a good read :-) ...
Published 7 months ago by joanne
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