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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Heat Wave by Richard Castle: Book Review and Contest

Heat Wave
by Richard Castle
Hyperion (Harper Collins)
ISBN: 978-1-4013-1040-0

Description: 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.

The Good Stuff
  • I Love the TV show, so I HAD to buy this tie in to the series
  • Delightfully campy and fun at times
  • Definitely some of the same cheekiness as the series
  • The Characters in the book are thinly veiled caricatures of the main characters on the tv show. Nice tie in to the series
  • Fun snappy dialogue between the characters, just like on the show. The camaraderie between the fictional detectives and the camaraderie between the fictional "Rook" and "Margaret" matches that of the the tv show characters (Does that make sense)
  • You must watch the reading of Pg 104 here
  • The conversation with Richard Castle at the end of the book is cute
  • Just a fun light read that made me lmao at times.  Made me want to put on my DVD of Season 1 of Castle (And no I don't own Season 2 yet, if anyone is looking for ideas for xmas )
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Writing isn't the greatest --but I think it was written that way intentionally -- I'm dying to know who wrote it. Could be one of the writers on the show or maybe one of "Rick's" writing buddies on the show like James Patterson (Really don't think its Patterson, as it doesn't feel like one of his books)
  • Chapters jump from scene to scene a lot, not a nice flow to the story. Does read more like a script that way
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Did you kill a story that made him look bad?" "Yes. God, you make me feel cheap. But you'll get nothing more."

"I think Agda's just one of the deals Matthew Starr never got a chance to close before he was killed."

What I Learned
  • That I soo want to be a hot kick ass detective 
  • I am 99% sure that the ghost writer is a male, after reading the sex scene
Who should/shouldn't read
  • A must have for fans of the TV show
  • Those interested in a nice light beach read
  • Honestly not sure those not into the show would really enjoy, half the fun is matching up the book characters with the tv characters, but maybe just maybe someone will pick it up, like it, and want to start watching the show and this will help keep Castle climbing in the ratings
3 Dewey's

I purchased this book because I am a geek and did not have to review it, just want to selfishly promote anything Castle or Nathan Fillion related


Was thinking about who the ghost writer is for the book, so I thought it might be a fun idea to have a contest

Prize - Paperback of Heat Wave and Hardcover of Naked Heat
To be ordered from Book Depository - So if it ships to where you live, you can enter

Contest Rules
1. Must be a follower (Sorry guys, I need for followers to get more attention from publishers, so I can give away more books -- I am way too poor to do this all the time)
2. In Comment - Your theory on who you think "Actually" wrote the book

Will give1  bonus points for promoting in any way (1 point for each way)

Contest Ends: November 11, 2010


  1. I think it could certainly be Andrew W. Marlowe.

    I am a follower and have posted this on my facebook.

  2. I follow on GFC. I always thought it was Stephen Cannell, we'll have to see if the books continue.


    Posted on Facebook

    seriousreader at live dot com

  3. I think it's Michael Connelly.

    I'm a GFC follower.

  4. I have wanted this book since Nathan Fillion mentioned it in a interview!
    I've only seen half of S1 and I'm already hooked.

    If it's one of Castle poker buddy I would say Stephen Cannell has the most similar style.

    Of course I follow :0)
    I tweeted too.[@]gmail[.]com

  5. Daniel Silva comes to mind.

    I follow, too.
    I'll be retweeting this.

  6. Michael Connelly perhaps.

  7. I think the author is ...
    Nathan Fillion!!!! actually thought it was one of the writers on the show.

    I would love to read these!

    And yes, I am a follower :D

  8. The ghostwriter is a guy named Tom Straw. He writes as "Richard Castle" in collaboration with A. Marlowe and his team of writers. Mr. Straw briefly appeared in the season 2 episode "When the Bough Breaks" where he was shown talking to Castle during the book launch scene just before Beckett arrived. If you read the About the Author section in the back pages, you'll notice that Castle is a recipient of a Tom Straw Award. There, mystery solved. Of course, it's not like we'll get an actual confirmation from Mr. Marlowe about this anytime soon. But perhaps when the series ends (which I hope won't be for a very long time), they'll let us know for sure.

    Yes, I also followed.

  9. I think it may be one of the writers of the TV Show or maybe one of James Patterson's "co-writers".


  10. I think it is Marlowe
    I am a follower
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  11. I am a Follower.

    I really have no idea who could have written it but the comment by Marian seems well researched and believable, so I will piggyback on her comment and say Tom Straw as well.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Neville T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  12. I would like to enter and I have no idea who wrote the book maybe Patterson

    phyllis c

  13. I am a gfc follower. It would be funny if it was someone completely unknown. I'll just guess and say patterson.

  14. It's probably one of the writers for the show with some co-writer support.



    I love this show and reading the books would be extra cool.

  15. Robert Crais ...

    raluk.93 at gmail (dot) com

    I'm a follower