February 26, 2011

Heat Wave by Richard Castle

Title:  Heat Wave
Author:  Richard Castle
Format:  PB
Pages:  40 of 216
Genre:  Thriller
Publisher:  Hyperion, 2010
ISBN-13:  978-1401310400
Series:  Stand Alone

Favorite Quote:  N/A

Synopsis (Amazon):  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. PulitzerPrize-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.

Review:  I wanted one more easy-to-read book before thinking about tackling the next novel in the Shannara series.  This book may be the most poorly written, dry, and boring thriller I've ever read.  Furthermore, it's almost illegible due to the teeny, tiny font size chosen during printing.

I knew it was a spin-off novel from the TV show 'Castle', which I love, but I'd hoped that the quality of the novel would not suffer because of being written for this purpose.  Nathan Fillion, the actor who plays Richard Castle, obviously didn't write this book.  I'd hoped that one of the authors who had a cameo in the show did.  I now believe it can't possibly have even been written by a real author.  If it was, they should be ashamed.

The only mildly entertaining portion was the last few pages which contained the 'interview with the author' and that would only be enjoyable to someone who watches the TV show and loves the character Richard Castle.  I cannot understand how it got 4 stars on Amazon.  I simply couldn't finish it.  

Rating:  0 / 5

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