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Naked Heat (Nikki Heat) Hardcover – September 28, 2010
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A medical examiner with a nightmare past must stop a killer who strikes too close to home. Learn More
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I enjoyed Heat Wave a lot, but Naked Heat stepped up the writing a bit for me. Maybe it was just because the characters had already been created, but the author found a better voice.
The scene starts about 3 months after HW, with the fallout from Rook's article about Nikki. There's a body, then a couple more, and some really interesting connections between them. The new characters are well formed; the dialog is funny and for the most part not too trite or clichéd, although it does have some close calls.
You will probably end up guessing who the killer is, although the connection will remain a mystery until the end. And as the saying goes, it's the journey, not the destination. Even if you've been on the ride before, it's still enjoyable. :)
Besides, if you're looking at this book you're probably a fan of the show, and how much fun is it to play "spot the tie in" to Castle?
In Naked Heat, reporter Jameson Rook's juicy piece on Nicki Heat has just hit stands. Though his summer ride-along is over, Jameson is eager to get back on Detective Heat's case. Though Heat would rather avoid her former lover, and the emotional baggage that comes with him, she crosses paths with Jameson while investigating the murder of famous New York gossip columnist Cassidy Towne. As the mystery unfolds, the relationship between Jameson and Nicki heats up.
Much better than Heat Wave, Naked Heat reads like an expanded episode of the show, except that Nicki is a romanticized version of Beckett that is probably drawn from Castle's fantasies about the detective. Even though one of the show's writers probably didn't ghost write this book, the characters' dialog is dead on. I could even hear Castle and Beckett talking in my head. The cast of suspects feels like something out of an episode of the show and while the mystery is somewhat predictable, its obviously drawn from the show.
Though its not great literature (more in the vein of James Patterson), Naked Heat is a fun mystery that's great for Castle fans.
If I had picked this up off the shelf, knowing nothing about the tv show, I would have still loved it just as much, and would be looking for more from this author. It has great visual writing, and the dialogue is witty and interesting - much like the show, of course. There are a lot of characters who walk through the pages of Naked Heat, but they are really easy to keep track of, and it keeps you from figuring all of it out before the end.
You won't go away disappointed, and you'll come away with a couple of interesting extras... like Victoria St Clair.
If you're a fan of the Castle TV show, this sounds strangely close to the season three opener, and it is. But that's what I enjoy about the novels. They're written by 'Richard Castle' so his experiences with the 13th precinct as depicted by the show should make their way into his Nikki Heat detective series. The tie in is really very clever. Heat is based on Becket (obviously..it's the premise of the TV show), Rook is based on Castle himself...'Castle' writes into these alter egos what he'd like to see happen on the TV show (ie, Castle's real 'life'); Rook and Heat in on solving crimes like Becket and Castle, them taking their relationship with one another to the next level, as Castle would no doubt love to happen in his real 'life'.
I think the most impressive thing is that whoever is writing these novels under the name of Nathan Fillian's character from the TV show really makes the reader believe it's Castle who is writing the books. Aside from the fact that just enough of the shows plotlines, both story wise and character interplay wise, make it into the novels, the voice feels like that of 'Castle'.
In the end, a pretty solid murder mystery with plenty of red herrings and surprises and a similar charm that fans of the show should fine instantly familiar.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the characters of Nikki and Rook and really enjoy the pace of the book. Moves along and doesn't get overly confusing even with the amount of characters involved.Published 20 days ago by book lover
Naked Heat was a classic who dunnit. The mystery begins right from the start and isn't solved until the very end. Hard to put down! I loved it!Published 1 month ago by Carole A. Pate
James Patterson's "Lindsay Boxer" and John Sandford's "Lucas Davenport" led me to Richard Castle's "Richard Castle" and finally to Richard Castle's "Richard", no wait - "Jameson... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Hill
I bought 'Naked Heat' because I used to be a big fan of 'Castle.' This book was like the last couple of years of 'Castle' - lightweight and unsatisfying.Published 1 month ago by Texas Jack
There are a lot of suspects but no way to tie them to the death of Cassidy Towns. Slowly and surely as the clues come together a clear picture comes into focus of a suicide that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Timothy H Johnstone
From the first page to the last page. I could not put it down. Only four more words
This is #2 in the series and is an excellent story. The main character is a tough, by the book female much like J.D. Robb's character, Eve Dallas. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Audrey Anderson