HEAT WAVE is the new tie-in based(sort of) on the ABC crime series showing on Monday nights at ten. This is the novel Richard Castle was researching during the show’s first season, supposedly written during the off-season, and about to be published in the early episodes shown so far.
The reason for the research is that Castle killed off his long running character, Derrick Storm, in the last novel and is looking for inspiration for his next book. After getting involved in a case where the killer was re-creating murders from his novels, his friendship with the Mayor enables him to talk his way into accompanying Beckett and her team as they investigate murder cases.
Beckett turns out to be the inspiration and Castle creates the character of NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat, much to Beckett’s embarrassment.
The book is from Hyperion and they do it up right. Richard Castle is the author, Nathan Fillion’s photo is on back of the dust jacket, the about the author is the usual piece describing the author’s books, awards, best sellers. etc. There are even cover blurbs about the great Castle from real life authors James Patterson and Stephen J. Cannell(both appeared as themselves in the pilot in a poker game with Castle). The dedication is to KB and all my friends at the 12th.
It’s all great fun for the fans of the show. I only had one small quibble. They went to such lengths to have the novel appear to be the latest bestseller from Castle. then in the lower right corner, you see a red dot. It says “Watch Castle ABC.” A minor fault, but it spoils the fun a bit.
Now on to the plot.
Real estate tycoon Matthew Starr plunges to his death from the balcony of his penthouse apartment. At first it appears to be suicide. As the investigation progresses, it becomes apparent it was murder. Bruising on the body is evidence of a beating. It turns out Starr was nearly broke. A gambler and a lover of call girls, the security tapes show a gambler and his thug entering hours before the murder.
The trophy wife, Kimberly, has a shady past and survives a horrific attack. Heat is attacked in her own apartment coming out of the shower. A second body, a woman’s, tied to the first is found and when identified is an art critic.
There’s a literal heat wave going on in New York and one night a power outage occurs. During those few hours, Starr’s prize art collection, valued at fifty to sixty million, is stolen from the empty apartment.
How does all this tie together? Heat and Jameson Rook, a Pulitzer prize winning journalist doing ride-alongs to research a magazine article on the NYPD sift through the clues looking for answers. A third body turns up.
As I said earlier, quite a bit of fun. I don’t know who the actual author was but they did a good job of helping me suspend disbelief while reading it. I look forward to more. Keep them coming.