By Richard Castle
Nikki Heat is one of New York’s finest with a new case on her hands — a millionaire real estate developer found dead on the sidewalk in front of his exclusive Manhattan apartment. Saddled with Jameson Rook, a celebrity journalist who somehow managed to get himself on a ride along, she begins her investigation at the same time a heat wave hits the city.
Sometimes all I want is a good old fashioned crime novel full of clichés, bad dialogue, and a criminal that sticks out from the first time you meet him/her on the page. I got what I wanted out of this one. It was all the above and more. Parts of it made me laugh, cringe, and not once did any of it make me want to stop reading. I know these books are the basis for the TV show Castle (or the other way around, I don’t know) which I’ve never seen, but now I may watch an episode just to see what it’s like. It probably would have been helpful to have seen the show before reading this book too but I looked past a few things and went with it when I came to something that a person who watches the show probably would have known.
At its heart, Heat Wave, is a cop book. It moved fast and entertained and that was what I needed at the time. I have a soft spot for Lee Child novels but I think I may add a few Castle books to my crime thriller list for when the need strikes.