We have seen TV series based on books (too many to list), books based on TV series (Doctor Who, Monk etc.). But “Heat Wave ” by “Richard Castle” has a curious story – it is probably the first real-life book written by a character in a TV series.
NYPD detective Nikki Heat’s team catches the case of real estate mogul Matthew Starr, who took a dive off his apartment balcony. They find out that Starr isn’t doing so bad despite the market crash and evidence soon makes it into a murder case. But when the team starts looking into Starr’s history, they start finding the skeletons buried too close to the closet door. Meanwhile, a suspect has taken a personal interest in Nikki Heat. And matters are not made easier by Jamson Rook, a roguishly charming Pulitzer prize winning journalist who is shadowing Heat and her team for his article on NYPD.
For those who have seen the show, there is nothing more to be said about the characters. Nikki Heat, Rook and “Roach” are very thinly veiled counterparts of the show’s characters (take a second look at the names, too). The same chemistry between the characters continues into the book.
The book is heavily referenced in the series, and they have done quite well keeping all the things related to the book as per the series, including “testimonials” from real-life authors for “Richard Castle”, references to his “previous” book series and blending in the real life and show characters in acknowledgments and dedications.
Where Castle (like Pysch, or Monk in recent history) stands out from the myriad police procedurals loading the airwaves now, is that humour is always one of the main ingredients of the story, not just added a sidetrack. The book continues in the same vein, and never takes itself seriously. There are some pretty serious plotlines, but even without spoiling the ending, you can imagine that everything is going to turn up fine at the end.
It’s not a standard serious police procedural or a troubled detective story. But if you are in for a fun light mystery, this is definitely a book for you. I would also suggest you take a gander at the TV series “Castle” before or after you have read the book. I bet you would be rooting for both the book and TV series to continue.
Quote of The Day:
Heat: Did Mick tell you that?
Rook: No, Mick didn’t tell me that… It was Bono.