I didn't think it unreasonable to hold this book to high standards. I mean, after all, I like Castle, the TV show, and any book purported to be written by Rick Castle had better be pretty damn cool. Sadly, it wasn’t. Nikki Heat is too close to Beckett, the quips fall flat, the one-liners are soggy, and the snark – the best part of Castle as a TV show – just isn’t there. It’s not a bad mystery, and the idea of the book as written by a fictional character is very cute. But the follow through, well, read this and then watch the TV series, not the other way around. I’m willing to try the second Nikki Heat book because a friend got it as a Christmas present, but I wouldn’t buy it on my own.
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. PulitzerPrize-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.