Good Reads Summary:
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.
Nikki Heat and her team are loosely inspired by the series characters, Kate, Esposito, and Ryan. Nikki could use some polish, Kate is far more classy a woman than Nikki is. Rook can’t hold a candle to Castle. Castle truly contributes to working the case, where Rook seems to blunder through it. Truth be told, the screen writers for the series are much better than the author who writes for Richard Castle.
Having said that, the plot line was engaging and contained enough twists and turns to keep the story moving.
What makes Castle the series that it is, is the nuance and humor that each of the actors supply. That just does not come across in Heat Wave.