Heat Wave is the first in a series of mystery novels featuring the characters Nikki Heat, The title of the book refers to a heat wave that gripped the city, the heat that is inside the characters' attraction for each other, and the character's surname. Heat Wave book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat feels sparks from ride-along, journ . Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago (Illinois) [Eric The top history books of last year picked by site Book Review Editor, Chris Schluep.
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Heat Wave (Nikki Heat) [Richard Castle] on icvamlakunsva.tk *FREE* shipping on Start reading Heat Wave (Nikki Heat Book 1) on your site in under a minute. The book Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, Eric Klinenberg is published by University of Chicago Press. As a promotion for the show, "Richard Castle's" (ghost-written) book Heat Wave was released in hardcover by Hyperion on 29 September
The novel also features a fictionalized version of the already fictional Richard Castle, aptly named "Jameson Rook," the first name derived from the Irish whiskey, while the last name comes from the chess piece Rook which is also known as the Castle who enters into a partnership with Heat that mirrors Castle's working relationship with Beckett. A second novel Naked Heat is scheduled for release in the fall of ABC has released the first chapter of Naked Heat online.
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. Tough, sexy, professional, Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City's top homicide squads.
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It's got all the bones of a good detective story, but with characters in need of further fleshing out. View all 10 comments.
Oct 13, Sheila rated it really liked it. For those of you who watched last night's Castle: I don't really know how to actually review this, so I'll repeat what I said to a friend of mine this morning: Oh my God. It's not! It's not high literature either, but--it's basically the same in terms of quality as the show. Fluffy, funny, throwing in another dead body whenever they think of plot, and just adorable.
I like. View all 12 comments. This is a prime example of TV-show-success exploitation.
At least not Richard Castle from the TV show. So, why the fanfiction-y feel? It read like one of the episodes of the TV show, though to be turned into one if would need a lot of work. It had a little more nudity scene with Pochenko. Kate Beckett , why did I say it was written by someone so obviously not Richard Castle from the show? James Rook on the other hand appeared to have no clue, jumping from conclusion to conclusion, suspect to suspect, offering himself up for embarrassment and pick-on fodder for Heat and Roach.
Maybe I dissected this a bit too much when it comes to characters , instead of just enjoying it for an entertaining romp that it hoped to be was. This is one of those times when you wish you could get a refund. One-dimensional characters, some of them acting not at all like them Jameson Rook is one example, Nikki Heat the other, because she was being a bitch through most of the book , a pretty standard crime with the perp visible from a mile away, not particularly well-written.
The flow was broken, the pacing slow, the jumping from scene to scene a bit too jarring View all 9 comments. Sorry, Castle, I love your television show, but Heat Wave is lukewarm at best: It's been said that the bigger they are, the harder they fall And while plenty of people may have wanted Starr dead, since he himself wasn't one of them, the authorities know they have a homicide on their hands.
So the NYPD does what they always do when they need to catch a murderer As detective Nikki Heat investigates Starr's murder, she finds herself being trailed by dangerous opponents, professional killers, and worst of all, annoying tag-along reporter Jameson Rook!
Nikki Heat always gets her man Okay, let me just get something out of the way But I am a big fan of Castle, and while a lot of the success of that series is owed to its brilliant stars, Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion who play, respectively, NYPD homicide detective Kate Beckett and best-selling author Richard Castle , I've always enjoyed the writing on the show as well. The dialogue is often clever, the characters are all likeable in their own quirky ways, and the mysteries are fun to solve.
So while I understood that I wasn't about to read the next War and Peace here, I was hoping to read something that was about as enjoyable as an average episode of the Castle television show.
Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago
So imagine my disappointment when this book didn't even manage to live up to those expectations After reading "Heat Wave", I'm not surprised bookstores don't seem to be in any danger of selling out all their copies At first glance, I thought I was in for a fun ride.
The cover features a blurb from James Patterson a frequent guest-star on the series praising "Castle's" latest effort. The book is dedicated to "the extraordinary KB" and all of Castle's friends "at the 12th".
Unfortunately, it didn't take long before I stopped grinning and started groaning instead. For one thing, the prose is beyond clumsy.
The writers were clearly trying to mimic the hard-boiled writing style of Raymond Chandler and Michael Connelly, but the prose is often just dull in the best moments, and downright awful in the worst.
Another glaring problem is the mystery itself. Anyone who has read more than ZERO mysteries will have no problem figuring out the solution long before Nikki Heat does.
In fact, the only reason I ever wondered if I may have been mistaken is that the solution seemed so painfully obvious, I questioned if maybe the book would throw an unexpected twist at me towards the end.
Sadly the ending held no surprises and didn't come soon enough, for that matter. Now, since it's alluded to that this book was really written by two of the TV show's head writers, I can give them some leeway in regards to the above complaints.
After all, television writers aren't accustomed to telling a story through third-person narration, they mostly use dialogue and action to move things along.
So while I expected that the prose might be lacking, I at least thought that I would have some fun with the characters themselves. Unfortunately, the writers came up short here too. I'll admit that I got a kick out of watching the main characters of the show pop up throughout the book.
Unfortunately, none of the book characters have even a fraction of the charisma of their television counterparts. Raley and Ochoa display almost no personality, with most of their attempted jokes falling flat. And Jameson Rook is just downright annoying! While Castle is a bit too full of himself, his charm and sense of humor still make him the kind of guy you'd like to have a drink with. Rook, on the other hand, is the kind of guy you'd like to slip a mickey in his drink just to get him to shut up!
He comes across as a self-absorbed egomaniac, and the only thing the writers get right with him is that his behavior makes it completely understandable why Nikki wouldn't want to have him around!
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The ladies fare a little better, with Parry offering some tender moments. And while Nikki isn't nearly as endearing as Kate Beckett, she at least manages to outshine the other characters which is kind of like crediting the vampire episode of Gilligan's Island as being the most believable! That's not to say that the entire book is a failure. The action sequences are actually very well done, especially an exciting fight between Nikki and a brutal hit-man.
And while the dialogue often lacks the zing of the TV show's, sometimes the characters do fire off a good one like when Heat refers to an interrogation being conducted by her and Rook as them playing "Good Cop - No Cop ". And fans of the show will enjoy some of the winks to the audience. Castle's mother Martha has a hysterical cameo as Margaret Rook And then there's Chapter Ten On the television series, after "Heat Wave" is released, Beckett is soon shocked but also somewhat intrigued when she learns that there is a hot sex scene between Nikki and Jameson on Chapter People who have heard Chapter Ten referenced on the show will have fun getting to see what all the fuss was about, and yes, we now can understand why Beckett was horrified, yet also flattered, when she read the scene for herself Die-hard fans of the show may find some enjoyment from this book, but even they would be better served by just watching the TV show instead.
View all 46 comments. Feb 25, Chelsea rated it did not like it Shelves: This book series is based on the now finished procedural crime drama, Castle. When I started watching that show, I was very young.
It was one of the first dramatic television shows I watched, and I instantly fell in love with that way of storytelling. There are so many aspects of Castle that impacted me and my tastes, as well as my abilities as a writer.
So, it is no surprise that the show has a special place in my heart. The book on the other hand Why the publishers decided to publish nine of them, I have no idea. Every book store I walk into seems to have these novels in the bargain section, unable to get rid of them even at the lowest prices. Detective Heat smiled back and parted her linen blazer to give him something else to fantasize about. She broke the surface and palmed the suds off her face and hair, and floated, weightless in the cooling water, and let herself wonder what it would be like with Jameson Rook.
What would he be like? How would he feel and taste and move? And then the flutter hit her again. What would she be like with him? It made her nervous. It was a mystery. So, can we tell a man wrote this? I also found the romance to be written in a really uncomfortable way, rather than the charming banter in the show. If reading a really shitty episode of Castle sounds appealing to you, this may be entertaining.
But for me, the story fell completely flat and the murder is entirely unremarkable. There is no tension in the narrative whatsoever, though that is somewhat consistent with the show. Also, these two gems: A carrot cupcake was screaming at her from that plate and it had to be silenced. Anyway, not good.
View all 4 comments. May 20, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: Everyone knows this is a TV tie in novel based on the hit show 'Castle'. I had no idea what to expect when I started reading "Heat Wave". I was pleasantly surprised. The book mirrors the show a great deal, but isn't exactly the same. Nikki Heat has to allow "Rook", a journalist doing research for a magazine article, to follow her around while she works a case. In this instance, a very wealthy man is tossed from his apartment window and killed.
Then, the man's wife is attacked. Heat and the gang h Everyone knows this is a TV tie in novel based on the hit show 'Castle'. Heat and the gang have to determine who killed Matt and why. The atmosphere in this book is just like the show. Lots of sharp and sassy dialogue and humor. No overly graphic language or violence.
The story is fast paced and the mystery was interesting. I'm impressed with this one- even though I have no idea who the real "Richard Castle" is. Overall this one gets an A View 1 comment. Jul 31, Angela rated it really liked it Shelves: I never got into Richard Castle's Derek Storm novels, because I try to avoid things that hit bestseller status--in no small part because I've had one too many instances of "bestseller" being code for "hamfisted writing".
Plus, there's been all the media hype about how Castle's such a ruggedly handsome jetsetter of an author, and the whole thing about him tagging along with the NYPD by way of the world's longest publicity stunt to promote a new series, yeah yeah yeah blah blah blah but can the ma I never got into Richard Castle's Derek Storm novels, because I try to avoid things that hit bestseller status--in no small part because I've had one too many instances of "bestseller" being code for "hamfisted writing".
Plus, there's been all the media hype about how Castle's such a ruggedly handsome jetsetter of an author, and the whole thing about him tagging along with the NYPD by way of the world's longest publicity stunt to promote a new series, yeah yeah yeah blah blah blah but can the man actually write?
I had my doubts, I have to say, when I learned that the lead character of his shiny new series is named Nikki Heat. Let me emphasize that: Nikki Heat.
Say what? C'mon, I thought that the romance genre was supposed to be the one with all the stupidly named characters. It's more like something you'd see in badly executed porn.
If you can get past the godawful name for the character, you'll get to a rather eye-rolling central personality concept for her: Nikki is the prototypical tough cop chick who really just wants to have a relationship and a life. Granted, she's also got her share of being a competent detective going on, and she has plenty of reason to be devoted to her career.
But did we really have to go down the route of "but what she really wants is a relationship? While the book didn't go overboard with this to the point that I wanted to smack it against a wall, it was still frustrating to see that kind of stereotypical portrayal for a lead female character. Nikki Heat is, I fear, no real match for Eve Dallas. And, of course, Jameson Rook, our male lead, has "Marty Stu" written all over him. Having the love interest be a journalist tagging along with the NYPD was just not the right move, Mr.
Castle, sorry; it's like putting yourself into the story wearing glasses and a different jacket, and hoping nobody would notice. Now, all this said? Aside from these big glaring flaws, the story's actually not half bad. Despite her annoying name and central motivation, Nikki is a competent detective when the story lets her be, and she's believable doing her job.
Rook's a Marty Stu, but at least he's a likeable one, and I do have to admit that having a civilian involved with the police investigation does lend a feel to the reader of "really being there". The murder mystery to be solved is decently suspenseful, and Castle's prose, while never truly noteworthy, is nonetheless engaging and readable.
Three stars. In case it's not obvious, this review is written entirely in-character. But I'll also, out of character, give it an extra star just because the sheer fact that this novel exists makes me giggle and giggle. So the real ranking? Four stars! View 2 comments. I tried again, harder this time. It's not a bad book, really.
Just not something I normally read or enjoy. But objectively speaking, it has its charms. It's kind of funny and kind of cute if you like the bumbling amateur PI vs. I'm not a big fan of detective fiction unless it's SFF , so this is not doing much for me, but I can see mystery fans enjoying this book as a fun popcorn read. I tried, though not very hard, s I tried again, harder this time. I tried, though not very hard, so maybe I'll return to it later if there's time or if it's chosen as a BotM.
This book came to me highly recommended by bookclub friends who are also big fans of the TV show. I watched the first few episodes, but didn't find them that interesting.
Kind of generic, really. It's an okay show overall, with nondescript forgettable characters and trope-ish murder mysteries. So basically another serial procedural drama. Nothing to write home about. And the book is just like that.
The show doesn't stray too far from the source material. Nov 05, Darcia Helle rated it liked it Shelves: I enjoy the TV show Castle, which is why I bought this book. However, for me, this book falls short of the show.
Rare, since I prefer reading to TV.
The dialogue is much like the TV show. The characters banter and there is a lot of lighthearted fun in the way they speak to one another. However, the story lacked detail. The plot was a spin on various episodes of the show. At times it was more like reading a summary of events. The characters also lacked detail. If I had never watched the show, I doubt I would have had a clear grasp of the characters.
Heat came off a little too needy in a drippy, drooly, school girl crush kind of way and Rook Castle in the show came off a little too childish. The book is short pages and doesn't require a big committment.
It's easy to read, light, and a good distraction from life. Overall, good but far from great. View all 5 comments. Sep 27, Colleen rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a fun, quick read. In fact, bits and pieces of scenes from the first season where playboy novelist Richard Castle is riding-along with Det. Kate Beckett make their way into the story.
Castle's counterpart is Jameson Rook, a magazine journalist shadowing Det. Captain This was a fun, quick read. Captain Montrose, M. Lauren Perry, Det. Ochoa, and Det. Raley, respectively. I love how they handled that aspect on the show -- very funny. Jan 23, Mike the Paladin rated it it was ok. It'll be a while, I'm way down the list for this at the library. Wonder who wrote it? It came it. Basically, stick with the TV series.
Sad to say but it really didn't make the transition all that well.On his website, he suggests Natalie Portman for the role.
Unlike with damn Red Rising, I finally adjusted or resigned myself , and started fully enjoying the book. Nikki Heat character is based on Kate Beckett, and they meet in similar circumstances as in the show. It's pretty trashy, an easy read, quick: You sort of have to pretend that Castle is real not fiction and this is one of his books, referenced in the TV show.