by Richard Castle
Audio Book Edition – Read October 5, 2012
Length: 213 pages (6 Discs)
Official Description: This is book #1 of the Nikki Heat s series
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. Pulitzer Prize-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.
I started reading this book on my Kindle a while ago, but it was weird, because it felt just like the TV show “Castle” which makes sense I suppose, but I was just expecting a little bit different tone I suppose. It took me a while to get into it and then I found the audio version and decided maybe listening to it would be a bit better, and it was. Johnny Heller narrates and he a great job at it. I did still have a hard time getting into it and it was about the time that bad stuff happens to Nikki Heat that I finally was able to break the idea of the show out of my head. The characters really are just like the characters in the show, different names of course, but the same personalities. The crime was pretty interesting, you think you know who did it, but they keep introducing more and more suspects so the actual culprit was somewhat of a surprise. Anyway, the story was entertaining, it would probably be better if I didn’t love the show and know the formulas that they use. I love the banter between Heat and Rook and I like how things went between them. I will pick up the rest of the Nikki Heat series and I’m going to have to try out the Derrick Storm series as well. Enjoy and try not to get wrapped up in the similarities of show and book.
“We all try. And try as we might to control things, sometimes bad things get in and it’s not our fault.””you look like the finest brandy, wrapped in the finest chocolate, covered in the richest cream.” ”