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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

HEAT WAVE by Richard Castle Review & Giveaway

Paperback Release July 27, 2010

This is an unusual review as the author is a fictional character from the ABC dramedy CASTLE.  ABC has created an entire fictional life for this author who is played on the show by Nathan Fillion and it is his picture that appears as the author on the back cover of the book.  On the TV show, Castle is following NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) as research for his new book series about female NYPD Detective Nikki Heat.  HEAT WAVE is the first book in that series.

In HEAT WAVE a New York real estate tycoon appears to have jumped to his death landing on a Manhattan sidewalk, but Nikki Heat's team, has determined that he was pushed.  Not suicide, but murder and there is no shortage of suspects. Nikki's team includes Jameson Rook (think chess, the rook is also called the castle), a reporter who is doing an article on the NYPD.  There a heat wave plaguing New York, deadly secrets are revealed and some that are only revealed as Nikki Heat, Jameson Rook, and the rest of the team finally put all the puzzle pieces together.

I like the book because I like the series, it is like one of the episodes only with the names changed.  With that said you do not have to be a fan of the show to enjoy this book.  It is a fun read at only 198 pages and the romance of the characters in the books goes beyond the sexual tension on the series which was a nice surprise.  

The next installment to this series NAKED HEAT will be released on September 28.  

My real question is who is the real author to this series?  James Patterson and Stephen Cannell both have quotes on the book jacket.  James Patterson, Stephen J. Cannell and Michael Connelly have all made cameo appearances on CASTLE, playing poker with the Rick Castle.  The story did remind me a little of Patterson's Women Murder Club series.  Cannell created or co-created nearly 40 television series, mostly crime dramas, including The Rockford Files, The Greatest American Hero, The A-Team, Wiseguy, 21 Jump Street, Silk Stalkings, and The Commish. In the process he has, by his own count, scripted more than 450 episodes.  Connelly has written many detective or crime fiction novels including the Harry Bosch and MIckey Haller series'.  Or could it be another author that has not been connected to the television show yet.

Now for a little fun
I will give away my personal hardcover of HEAT WAVE to one winner.  
Fill out the entry form below to enter. 

Be aware I want to know after reading the above information and checking out the links 
who you think the author may be.  
Of course, there are no right or wrong answers because if it has been revealed who the ghost writer is, I have not been able to find it.  It will just by my little informal poll.

You do not need to be a follower to enter but I hope you are 
or will find something you like here and become one.

Contest will end on August 24, 2010 at midnight CST

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a book from my own private collection. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”