Cashing in on the show’s popularity (it beat out Jay Leno’s show three weeks in a row during the same time), the folks at “Castle” have released a novel, “Heatwave,” that has been mentioned many times during the various storylines.
Supposedly written by Rick Castle, “Heatwave” is the story of NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat, a beautiful but very professional cop who is in charge of one of New York’s top homicide squads. She has been asked by the police commissioner to allow magazine journalist Jameson Rook to ride along with her team as he gathers research for an article on the NYPD. Begrudgingly, Nikki agrees to allow him to tag along as she investigates the death of Matthew Starr, a high profile real estate tycoon who plunged to his death from his Manhattan condo.
Starr had a boatload of trouble in his life - financial problems, a trophy wife with a scarlet past, and a variety of mobsters with no shortage of reasons to kill. And then, in the suffocating grip of a record heat wave, comes another shocking murder and a shocking revelation into the dirty little secrets of the rich and famous.
As Nikki works to unravel the mystery surrounding the Starr family and their shady business dealings, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to Rook as they work together to track down details on the murder. Can Nikki overcome her growing attraction to the wise-cracking but surprisingly helpful Rook in time to catch the killer? Only the “heat” of the moment will decide.
“Heatwave” is a fun, fast-paced novel that will delight fans of “Castle,” but will also satisfy mystery and suspense lovers as well. The writing in the novel is just a clever and smart as the television screenplays, allowing the reader to visualize the characters they are familiar with in a new and definitely steamy setting. I, for one, hope more “Nikki Heat” novels are in the works.