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Who actually writes the Richard Castle "Heat" books?

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Initial post: Jan 31, 2011 9:29:10 AM PST
motormouth65 says:
I am a fan of the TV show and understand clearly that Richard Castle is a fictional character. That being said--WHO is the author of the "Richard Castle" books and why should I pay for what is probably a script writers dream?

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 9:41:38 AM PST
K. Green says:
Written by a Ghost Writer. You should pay for them because they are a cute off shoot of the show, which you enjoy! And, despite the cheesiness of it, they are actually very well written books. Enjoy. :)

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 9:46:18 AM PST
According to this blog ( ), the most likely candidate is Tom Straw, who is a television writer (though he has also published a novel The Trigger Episode: A Novel ).

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 10:18:39 AM PST
Personally, I read Heat Wave was very unimpressed. I've never watched the TV series, though.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2011 10:36:54 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
You should pay for it because it's for sale. If you want to read it without paying for it, borrow a copy. Public libraries are useful for that.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2011 10:45:16 AM PST
Esse says:
I'm with Mr. Mustard. I was hoping the book might lure me into the show, but I couldn't even get through the sample. Still, I think the idea is nifty.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 12:37:49 PM PST
rackoflamb says:
The TV series is MUCH better than the book. Nathan Fillion's goofy charm totally carries it.

If you're curious, motormouth, I'd borrow the book, not buy it. Not a keeper.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 3:37:31 PM PST
marty888nyc says:
Actually, the books are much more fun if you're a fan of the TV show - they really reflect a lot of Richard Castle's fantasies about Beckett (the detective inspiration for Nikki Heat).

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2011 3:39:51 PM PST
I think part of my problem with the book (but not all of it) was character names like that. I mean, really? Nikki Heat?

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 6:26:24 PM PST
R. D. Clark says:
These books are really not meant for people who aren't familiar with the show. Nikki Heat is a fictional character made up by another fictional character based on his fantasies about yet another made up character. All this in the context of a show that walks the line between drama and comedy -- one of those shows that doesn't bear close scrutiny, but is intended to get by mostly on charm and good looks. Much as I try to do. But I digress.

It's all very meta, in a hamfisted, written-for-hire sort of way.

I watch it out of the corner of one eye when my wife has it on, mostly because I really like Nathan Fillion from his Firefly days. Then it's her turn to put up with Southland. Of such things 40-year marriages are made.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2011 6:51:38 PM PST
GHV says:
I watch it because Stana Katic is freaking smokin'.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2011 7:46:33 PM PST
motormouth65 says:
....and I watch it because Nathan Fillion is equally HOT!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2011 7:49:41 PM PST
motormouth65 says:
Agreed. Was debating whether I wanted to burn the money to buy one of them but decided to just watch the TV show for free. I HAVE come across a few fans that think Nathan/Castle really wrote them.....

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 8:05:17 PM PST
Naked Heat was much tighter than Heat Wave. If you're a big fan of the series, and by that I mean someone who watches every episode, they're a nice little literary diversion. Nothing more, nothing less.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 8:16:46 PM PST
Duane says:
Picked up the audiobook version of the first book. Was not impressed. In the TV show, Castle is always saying 'this is the coolest case, ever!' and it really feels like it applies. But the case in the book never once felt like that, but rather a very mundane murder investigation with no pop or sizzle. Part of the problem is that the story is largely told from Nikki Heat's perspective, but they had a guy with a terrible voice reading it. It would have been much better if it had been read by a woman. And much, much better if they had gotten Stana Katic to read it.


In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2011 5:13:22 AM PST
gatorPA says:
"Was debating whether I wanted to burn the money to buy one of them but decided to just watch the TV show for free."

Or---you could check the public library for the book.

And, NO! I don't want to hear about being unable to check out eBooks from the library on Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2011 5:16:57 AM PST
Amen to that. Nathan Fillion is awesome.

I just downloaded "Heat Wave" but haven't read it yet. I enjoyed the first few pages I sampled, though.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 5:26:39 AM PST
It's a nice fun romp - don't forget, this is supposed to be written by Richard Castle, who plays cards with Patterson and is one of the hottest mystery writers around... so it's going to be full of the usual cliches et al and a sort of parody of the entire genre.

If you check the faux credits at the end, fer goodness sake, it says he's practically God's gift to mystery writers.


Having said that, it's a fun fast read if you're looking for something to go with the series. Many things from the actual episodes are worked in to give you the idea that, yes, he was working on the book during the actual time he spent with Beckett at the police station. So there's a lot of in-jokes included.

buy it, don't buy it - but both books are cute and fun, at least to this old broad's eyes.

(and since I *am* a writer, I'm tickled pink whenever you see good parodies...)


Posted on Feb 1, 2011 1:01:37 PM PST
BadgerBAJ says:
Just don't buy the pb version of Heat Wave! My sister asked for both books for Christmas (No, she doesn't have a Kindle, silly girl!). I said I'd like to borrow them when she was through. She warned me about the size of the is miniscule, microscopic!! Don't think I'll read it after all. I'd need a magnifying glass along with my glasses :). She did enjoy it, though. I love the show too, "upset" that it's been reruns lately, I need my fix!


In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2012 11:11:20 PM PST
ninefaces says:
The point of the name Nikki Heat was to get under Beckett's skin and also show of Castle's arrogance. The beauty of the book is not the story itself but the tie-in to the show where you get to see a more in-depth look into Castle's character.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2012 11:12:58 PM PST
ninefaces says:
You can check out library books on the kindle, they have been doing since before the Fire released. I have two of them on my kindle right now.

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 11:32:08 PM PST
kestergayle says:
Personally, I like both the show and the books. The Nikki Heat name really grates on Beckett's nerves. She said it sounded like a porn name, and it does. Which was the intention. I also love the relationship Castle has with his daughter, and how she's so much more mature that her dad or her grandmother. It's interesting that she sometimes turns to Beckett for advice, and I love that that totally freaks Castle out.

To me, the two formats complement each other, and I enjoy both. They are also putting the Dereck Storm character (the star of the first long running book series Castle wrote) out in a graphic novel format. The first one was very good, and you don't need to be familiar with any part of the rest of the Castle universe to enjoy it.

Nathan Fillion has long been a fave of mine. Anyone recall the last few episodes of Buffy? Or the lovely movie called Waitress? And of course Firefly really put him on the map. It's loads of fun to watch him act like an overgrown kid (which I think he sort of actually is IRL) and then turn right around and be a responsible adult.

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 11:33:30 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 9, 2012 12:50:01 AM PST
A. Tsurukame says:
I'd love to see Beckett try to get some paypack against Castle and decide to hire a ghost writer for herself and write some mystery novels, which feature a bumbling mystery writer trying to solve cases. That would be hilarious, and in real life, aren't some ex-cops/detectives co-writers for mystery novels, too? So the idea is not that far-fetched.

Maybe she can spin some romance in there, too.

Maybe she can call her hero that is based on Castle something like "Le Mansion" or "Leforte".

Anyway kudos to ABC and the creators & producers for creating a nice mystery/crime show that pays homage to mystery writers, and for the interesting book tie-ins. I would love to see this for other shows (but I guess they would then have to feature a writers in the cast of the show...hmm...)

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 7:20:04 AM PDT
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