Book Eight of 2012: HEAT WAVE by Richard Castle

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.

For anyone who loves watching comedy or police procedural shows, you should know the fictional character Richard Castle. If you don’t, you should watch at least three episodes of this show. It is mindless humor and a great joy to watch. What is even more interesting about this show is that the titled character, an author who shadows a homicide detective, writes books within the show. And guess what? You too can read his work in between those lonesome nights of no Castle.

I just now finished the 196 page debut book of Richard Castle and I have to say; for a fictional author, the book isn’t half bad. It is short and sweet, but there are plenty of those great one-liners to keep you satisfied. The book is a mystery and I’ll be honest, I really didn’t know who it was until closer to the end. Granted, I tend to be bad at guessing the murderer, but that doesn’t mean this book lacks in suspense. It closely mirrors the TV show; hinting at some episodes that can be seen in seasons one and two. It’s really interesting when you join the book with the TV show because you not only see the process writing, but you see the finished product and how a finished product is influenced by “real life”.

This book isn’t really one of those amazing reads and the authorship is decent, but really, who honestly reads a fictional mystery written by a fictional character in a fictional crime comedy and expects something like Mark Twain or Hemingway? I don’t. The fact that it’s short makes it a good read between class assignments or the hodge podge of day to day life. You could read it in a day or read sparingly just to keep yourself entertained. Honestly, this is a book to read. I wouldn’t recommend buying the book at its retail price, but if you happen to chance upon it in your local library or used bookstore, the buy isn’t bad. You get what you pay for: an entertaining read that is short, simple, to the point, and above all, comical.

After all, wouldn’t you read a book that has this great one-liner (believe me, there’s more. This is just my favorite): “Shaking your hand is like squeezing Sponge Bob’s ass.”

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