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Heat Wave (Nikki Heat) Hardcover – September 29, 2009
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Richard Castle is the best-selling author of the Derrick Storm novels. He is played by actorNathan Fillion. Tom Straw is an Emmy-nominated TV writer and producer. He has written and produced for the television shows COSBY, WHOOPI, GRACE UNDER FIRE, and more, and is currently writing for THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON. He is the author of the mystery THE TRIGGER EPISODE.
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When Det. Nikki Heat is called to the murder of Real Estate mogul Matthew Starr, her biggest problem is her tag along reporter. Does she give in to her attraction to Jamison Rook?
Jamison Rook is annoying yet handsome, aggravating yet charming, and funny. Although sometimes his jokes are a little misplaced and bad timed. Detectives Raley and Ochoa are also funny and love having Jamison around.
This whodunit story is pretty compelling and surprising. There are so many suspects but the story flows nicely so you aren't confused or lost by it all.
Not sure I will continue reading the rest since I find the price on amazon kindle a bit high for a fictional writer's novel. There are 9 books in the series of which 1 thru 7 cost $7.99 while 8 & 9 cost $12.99 & $14.99 respectively. I think these prices are absurd since Richard Castle is not a real writer. The real people who write the novels are talented but nothing like Stephen King or Greg Isles or John Grisham. (To name a few).
That's it I guess in a nutshell: entertaining like the series, humorous and somewhat suspenseful like trying to solve a crime.
I could have written it better. I sort of wonder if it was written by committee instead of an author. Only red tape (or really bad writing) could choke that much life out of a story. I'm sorely disappointed.
Nikki Heat is a smoking hot woman police detective who is all business, all the time, until the police captain allows Jameson Rook, a feature writer, to tail along with her for a few months for a story he is writing on the department.
He begins his tagalong just as a new case opens into the death of a wealthy real estate developer. At first, Heat is annoyed by his overeagerness, flirtatiousness and the way he refuses to "know his place" as just a reporter. Worse, his cocksure attitude and quick wit make him very popular amongst the guys at the precinct, another source of tension between he and Nikki.
However, as the story develops, Nikki learns to appreciate Rook's many admirable qualities. He is genuinely brave and risks his life throughout the story, tackling suspects and putting himself in harms way, both annoying and impressing Nikki. But more than that, Rook has a joie de vivre that is infectious and actually gets Nikki to relax a little and have fun, something she desperately needs.
One small example of this dynamic is when Rook first sees Heat take down a suspect. She impressively disarms the perp, throws him to the ground, and points her gun at him. Rather than being impressed, Rook criticizes her for not having anything clever to say to him, like "Go ahead, make my day" (but not that, because it is unoriginal).
Heat is annoyed and thinks it is an example of Rook having a juvenile attitude toward policework. But toward the end of the story, after she gets to like Rook and loosens up a little, she comes to appreciate the value of having fun with your job.
The only reason why I did not give it 5 stars is that I found the actual "whodunnit" plot predictable. But that doesn't matter because the true entertainment in the story is the characters, not the plot.