Naked Heat

Naked Heat

Book - 2010
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When New York's most vicious gossip columnist, Cassidy Towne, is found dead, NYPD Homicide Detective Heat uncovers a gallery of high profile suspects, all with compelling motives for killing the most feared muckraker in Manhattan. Heat's murder investigation is complicated by her surprise reunion with superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2010.
ISBN: 9781401324025
Characteristics: 290 p. ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Castle (Television program)


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Mar 11, 2015

As a fan of the show, I really enjoyed this book. As i read through, in my head I could hear the actors reading the lines and visualizing was easy. It was fun. The characters are fun, but smart and intuitive. The dialogue (and there is a lot of it) is sharp and in some place hysterical. The characters and the humor interlaced with the crime in the storyline provide an easy to follow story. A very enjoyable read.

Kristen MERKE
Jun 24, 2014

I preferred the first book, but this was still a fun ride just as the TV show is. I found towards the end it started to drag and I was skimming through uninteresting plot points to get to the end. A lot of suspects to keep track of, but enjoyable at the end of the day.

Jan 24, 2012

I think I liked this one better than the first one.

Jmarin Nov 24, 2011

I've borrowed this from the library before but really never had a chance to read it. I'm a huge fan of Nathan Fillion who plays the character Richard Castle in the hit television series "Castle", Nathan Fillion is a great actor. He acted in the movie "Serenity" he was also in a unfinished television series called "Firefly" (Couldn't finish the series therefore, they made serenity to wrap up the story).

Anyway, this book sounds very interesting I just have to take the time to read it.

Oct 30, 2011

Jameson Rook is likeable and funny! Can't wait for the next book! ;)

May 26, 2011

I think the author is either Michael Connelly or else the actual author wants you to think it is Connelly as the opening few pages have Nikki Heat encountering a wild coyote which is a trademark from his Bosch stories set in and around Laurel Canyon, LA.

Mar 21, 2011

You have to have, at the very least, read the first book - Heat Wave - to understand, let alone enjoy the second book. There's a lot of continuation, references and things left unsaid. Actually, to get the humour of Naked Heat, most of the jokes rely on the reader having watched the series Castle. I actually didn't like this book as much as the first, in a way. The actual mystery didn't engage me, and I found myself glossing over those parts to get to the interaction of the main characters (including Roach). However enjoyable it was to imagine a world where Castle and Beckett are together (through Heat and Rook), it's like a spoiled recipe: with star anise (or you could do the same analogy with vanilla or salt) it provides a taste that gives the dish depth and a characteristic flavour you can even crave, but if you put in too much, or worse try to eat it straight, it tastes HORRIBLE! The "balance of flavours" was off and, while it wasn't "indigestible," it just left a bad taste in my mouth.

Jan 31, 2011

A much better book than the first one. It seemed less like an episode of the TV series and more like an effort to get the readers imagination involved.

One complaint I did have was that I found a few references to incidents seen in the third season of the series, while canonically "Castle" wrote this book during the break between seasons 2 and 3.

Jan 24, 2011

Clever and fun, good character development, and a self referencing tie-in to one of the best shows on the air.

AnneDromeda Jan 16, 2011

Oh my God, these books are so much fun. If you aren't familiar with the author Richard Castle, that's probably because he's actually a fictional character from a TV series called *Castle.* The show's premise has its eponymous author - a wealthy, dashing and famous mystery writer in TV-Land - tracking an NYPD homicide detective in order to perform research for his Nikki Heat series of novels. Regular viewers were delighted when Castle's novels appeared on library and bookstore shelves shortly after their imaginary TV publication date.

Fans of the show are already familiar with its wealth of post-modern pop culture references, including: an entire episode done in homage to the *X-Files*; a poker club that includes real-life writers James Patterson, Michael Connelly, and Stephen J Cannell (any of whom may be the writer behind author "Richard Castle"); and a tendency for characters to show up to costume parties wearing costumes the actors last wore in a former role - see Castle's Space Cowboy Halloween costume. *Firefly*'s Captain Mal makes another subtle appearance in *Naked Heat* as a pair of detectives named Malcolm and Reynolds. Myriad little nods to Star Wars, Perez Hilton and other pop fixtures are laced through the text, too.

In fact, this novel is inspired by the mystery surrounding the death of Heath Ledger. A talented movie actor dies alone in a hotel room of an accidental overdose. Months later, a number of people with celebrity connections in New York start turning up dead. Nikki Heat has to find out what the connection is, or risk death herself. More intricately plotted than *Heat Wave*, this is a quick, fun read for anyone who loves a good mystery, and especially those who love the TV show.

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DanniOcean Nov 22, 2010

Why would I put the author of this book in quotation marks? Because the author is actually a fictional character himself – as any fan of the ABC television series Castle would know. It is not a new phenomenon to have books written by fictional characters –Meg Cabot wrote a few under the nom de plume Mia Thermopolis, her character from The Princess Diaries, not to mention Harry Potter’s own textbooks, Quiddich Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Tales of Beadle the Bard “written” by his various teachers with help from JK Rowling. The difference here is the credit given to a fictional character, with the author photo of Nathan Fillion, the actor who plays the title character in the series, so the identity of the true author – a ghost-writer – is kept a well-guarded secret. (My money is on James Patterson, Michael Connelly or the recently deceased Stephen J. Cannell, all three of whom occasionally show up in the television series.) As a stand-alone mystery series the stories are fast-paced, with lots of red-herrings, atmospheric New York City and police jargon, great bantering dialogue between characters, and the chemistry between Detective Nikki Heat and her nemesis, reporter Jameson Rook is palpable - especially when the narrative point of view changes between the two. As a companion to the show, fans will no doubt spot the many links between the books’ stories and the show’s episodes (check out the acknowledgements at the end), the inside jokes (in chess, rook and castle are the same piece, for instance), and even a few not-so-subtle references to another Nathan Fillion television series, the short-lived Firefly. In Naked Heat, Rook finds himself shunned by Heat and her team, because of the too-candid nature of a magazine article he wrote. Unfortunately she has to put up with him on her next case – because he’s the one who found the body. It is a gimmick, to be sure, the books are designed to get you to watch the show (both its stars are Canadian-born, by the way). But it is awfully fun, and both Heat Wave and Naked Heat are quick murder-mysteries with only a few gruesome details and one or two timidly-placed expletives. For plot and character driven murder-mystery fans, and of course fans of Castle on television.


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