Fast-paced and full of intrigue, Heat Rises pairs the tough and sexy NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat with hotshot reporter Jameson Rook in New York Times best-selling author Richard Castle's most thrilling mystery yet.
The bizarre murder of a parish priest at a New York bondage club opens Nikki Heat's most thrilling and dangerous case so far, pitting her against New York's most vicious drug lord, an arrogant CIA contractor, and a shadowy death squad out to gun her down. And that is just the tip of an iceberg that leads to a dark conspiracy reaching all the way to the highest level of the NYPD.
But when she gets too close to the truth, Nikki finds herself disgraced, stripped of her badge, and out on her own as a target for killers with nobody she can trust. Except maybe the one man in her life who's not a cop. Reporter Jameson Rook.
In the midst of New York's coldest winter in a hundred years, there's one thing Nikki is determined to prove: Heat Rises.
©2011 Castle © ABC Studios (P)2011 Hyperion (packaging elements only)
I liked this book - a lot. It is intended to be much like the TV series, and it is. If you like the TV series, you will probably like the books. A previous reviewer said it is ???fast-paced, cute, and cliched.??? He is correct; it is. He meant it in a bad way, but I mean it in a good way. I don???t think that being fast-paced or cute needs to be apologized for. If you don???t like fast-paced and cute, fine. I realize that tastes differ.
But let???s talk about his last criticism: cliched. That is always meant negatively, but the reviewer fails to acknowledge that the vast majority of genre fiction is cliched. The romance and crime fiction genres have the strictist plot constraints and therefore most frequently fall into cliche, but even the science fiction, fantasy, and literary genres have their cliches. It is true that the very best books in any genre transcend cliche, but the vast majority do not. Generally, it is not a question of whether a book is cliched but whether it does a good job within it???s genre or sub-genre. I think this book does a good job within its sub-genre.
I think that the reviewer who complained that this book was too cute and cliched perfers the sub-genre of crime fiction which is darker and meaner. He was looking for Noir and this wasn???t it.
I wish I knew who was really writing these books, because if I knew, I would go out and buy his other stuff.
My first book I read was Winnie the Pooh, many years ago!
I played Heat Rises on some long drives and found it so captivating that I was tapping "go back" to replay something, and there I was , sitting in my driveway wanting to hear what happens next when I made it home. I love the ABC series, and find this novel much better than the earlier Heat Rises and Heat Wave. With this one, either I have become familiar with Johnny Hellers' voice and narration, or I have found the story more compelling, better written and full of interesting crime sleuthing. I think that it is a very good story for Castle fans and leaves you wanting to find out what happens in the fourth novel. It parallels some of the tv episodes, where you can see where Richard Castle got the backround, and it is toungue in cheek as you go along. Also you can see the repore build , the trust between Nikki and Jameson Rook , much the way you can on 4 yrs of tv's Castle.
Yes, especially share with my friends that love Castle. You feel part of the story because of the charactors personalitys on tv.
Grows on you. You do recognize all his voice dilections when he speaks of the charactors, and gives them a personality and can see thier mannerisms, much the way they act on tv.
Caskett Crime Solvers
Look forward to the next novel, Frozen Heat.
Yes!! and I have recommended it. If you like the TV series or if you like murder mysteries, this book is a fun read. The characters are so similar to TV that you can picture them but they aren't the same. Its a quick read and I will read the series again sometime when I can't remember how it goes anymore.
The interaction of all the characters is fun and lighthearted and well written
65 y/o father of two sons. Married 25 yrs. Audible member for 8 yrs. I can hardly read books with my eyes any more. I love reviewing.
This audiobook is a fast listen. Like TV, it is almost instantly forgettable. The characters meet cute, as they say in Hollywoodland, and the entire thing reads like a screenplay looking for a producer. I see that they found one. I haven't watched the TV show, but I can imagine. The book lacks credibility in the extreme. Nikki and her guy Jameson are superheroes. Both smart, beautiful, athletic, well-read, etc. The idea that this perfect woman would work as an NYPD officer is so preposterous that it might make me laugh, but it doesn't. Likewise, the love interest is, of course, an investigative reporter who happens to be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, cook like an Iron Chef, make love like a bodice-ripping coxswain, etc. Spare me. If you are looking for mindless entertainment and your TV is in the shop, help yourself. For me, the truism that no one ever went broke underestimating the public taste applies here. Was that PT Barnum?
Nikki Heat is great in here. Takes enough turns, it keeps me guessing. think I have it figured out, then not sure.
I tried to listen to this and just had to give up. The narrator did not change his voice from one character to another. Having a man narrate this was a mistake. Nikki Heat is of course a girl and her part not being read by a woman ruined this book. I only finished one chapter and quit trying to get into it. At least they should have had a woman narrate the Nikki Heat part and then maybe it would have been worth listening to. Very disappointed.
He should have had a woman narrate the Nikki Heat part.
He did not hold my interest and never changed up his voice.
Did not finish it so I don't know.
Audio book lover, wife, mother to three boys. I listen whenever I'm alone and can put headphones in.
Good storyline. Not boring. Good narrator. I watxh the show and can put the characters from the show into the book. Cant wait for another to come out!
I enjoy the Castle books. Good story with interesting plot twists.
No, I don't really care for Mr Heller's performance but I enjoy the Castle books so I "tolerate" him.
In the middle
At the end when Nikki is sitting with Rook in the hospital
No, I would not. The storyline just did not keep my interest.
The character did not come alive to me. I fault the narration.
I had too much difficulty figuring out which character was being represented.
It had a woman detective as chief character.
I cannot recommend this book.
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