Sunday, April 25, 2010

Book Review: Heat Wave

Title Heat Wave (Nikki Heat)
Author Richard Castle
Rating ****
Tags mystery, series, tv tie-in, nikki heat, richard castle, police procedural 

This book is a Clever Conceit. The TV series Castle (ABC Monday nights 10 pm) is a fictional mystery writer who helps a New York detective, Kate Beckett, solve crimes, and he creates a new mystery series around Kate, with the character name being Nikki Heat.

Confused enough yet? So, for a writer, this is an unusual challenge, trying to keep two overlapping fictional universes straight.

The book concerns the death of a real estate tycoon who dies in a 6 story fall. Nikki Heat and her squad gets the case. Along for the ride is Jameson Rook, celebrity journalist.

It is a good read. Not great, but worthwhile. Even more fun is speculating on who really wrote the book. Stephen J. Cannell and James Patterson have appeared on the TV show, and it might be Cannell. I really like the TV series, by the way, which is why I read the book.

Publication Hyperion (2009), Edition: First Edition/First Printing, Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date 2009
ISBN 1401323820 / 9781401323820

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