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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Heat Rises (Nikki Heat book 3) by Richard Castle


Heat Rises is the third Nikki Heat book, written by the fictional Richard Castle.

I think it's clear that some of the writers of the show must have a hand in the actual ghost writing of the Nikki Heat books. Either that, or the ghost writer has a hand in some of the scripts. Castle's humor comes through the same way in the written word as it does from Nathan Fillion.

If you are one who wants to see Castle and Becket get together, then you'll love the books, because Rook and Heat are very together.

As I've been reading the In Death series, I've gotten it into my head that Kate Becket is loosely based off of Eve Dallas. The way she walks, the way she interrupts her men when they joke and she wants to solve the murder, the way she studies her murder board, the way she organizes resources under fire. The only difference in the show would be that Eve admits she loves Roarke, where Kate keeps Castle at arms length. In the books, the relationship between Heat and Rook is closer to Eve and Roarke after they became and item and before they were married... minus the mansion and Summerset.

Here's the blurb:

Fast-paced and full of intrigue, Heat Rises pairs the tough and sexy NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat with hotshot reporter Jameson Rook in New York Times bestselling author Richard Castle’s most thrilling mystery yet.

The bizarre murder of a parish priest at a New York bondage club opens Nikki Heat’s most thrilling and dangerous case so far, pitting her against New York’s most vicious drug lord, an arrogant CIA contractor, and a shadowy death squad out to gun her down. And that is just the tip of an iceberg that leads to a dark conspiracy reaching all the way to the highest level of the NYPD. But when she gets too close to the truth, Nikki finds herself disgraced, stripped of her badge, and out on her own as a target for killers, with nobody she can trust. Except maybe the one man in her life who’s not a cop: reporter Jameson Rook.

In the midst of New York’s coldest winter in a hundred years, there’s one thing Nikki is determined to prove:  Heat Rises.
As for the writing elements:
  • The plot was beautifully crafted. I thought I new the villain early on, but I was wrong.
  • Pacing had some issues here and there, but was mostly okay.
  • Prose and dialogue were fine.
  • Character development wasn't a large part of the narrative, but wasn't completely ignored.
The previous books in this series rated an 8 and 9.  I've gone back and forth between a 9 and 10 for  Heat Rises, and in the end I will give it a 10 of 10, but will leave the series at a 9 of 10. It deserves a 10 for the complex plot, for snags and then fluidity of Rook and Heat's relationship, and for holding up the fantasy of Richard Castle as well as it does. The dedication to Roy Montgomery at the beginning of the book caught me off guard -- well played.
  • Book Rating: Heat Rises: 10 of 10
  • Series Rating: 9 of 10

1. Heat Wave
2. Naked Heat
3. Heat Rises


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