Naked Heat by Richard Castle

November 25, 2010

Plot summary (from the publisher): Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook are together again in Richard Castle’s thrilling follow-up to his New York Times bestseller, Heat Wave.

When New York’s most vicious gossip columnist, Cassidy Towne, is found dead, 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. In the wake of their recent breakup, Nikki would rather not deal with their raw emotional baggage. But the handsome, wise-cracking Pulitzer Prize-winning writer’s personal involvement in the case forces her to team up with Rook anyway. The residue of their unresolved romantic conflict and crackling sexual tension fills the air as Heat and Rook embark on a search for a killer among celebrities and mobsters, singers and hookers, pro athletes and shamed politicians.

This new, explosive case brings on the heat in the glittery world of secrets, cover-ups, and scandals.

Warning: Spoilers in discussion below!

Liked:

  • Is it sad that Jameson Rook and Nikki Heat are a more exciting couple than Castle and Beckett? If Rook and Heat can maintain a working relationship while also having sex on the side, then why can’t Castle and Beckett do the same thing on the show? The main reason I got hooked on the show was because of the insane chemistry between Castle and Beckett in the first couple seasons. But now the writers have toned the flirting down so much that the two characters might as well be brother and sister.
  • There were several misdirections along the way, so I was kept guessing about the killer’s identity until the very end. I like mysteries where you can’t immediately guess whodunit.
  • I liked how it was revealed that Jameson Rook was publishing romance fiction under a pseudonym in order to make extra money. It was hilarious when Heat found out about it. But money is money, right? And I’m sure he makes more from doing that stuff than he would from writing supplement reviews or other advertising copy. The man’s gotta keep up with the mortgage on his fancy penthouse, after all!
  • The motive for the killing seemed sufficiently reasonable. Sports agents do have a lot of financial interest tied up in their clients, so I could buy that the agent would “take care of things” for his star pitcher.

Disliked:

  • This book seemed like it went on a bit too long. I think one reason for this was the sheer number of characters involved. There were just so many people to keep track of, from the murdered limo driver’s family to Cassidy Towne’s illegitimate daughter to the Texan to the singer to all the personnel in the police department…. Man, just think of number of pages that could have been cut if the cast had been reduced by about 20 percent!
  • I think there were more things I disliked about the book, but I actually finished it several weeks ago and have already forgotten many of the details!

Rating:

Naked Heat was a decent book that provided a sufficient amount of entertainment and took zero brain power to read. If you’re a fan of the Castle TV series, as I am, then this will probably be something you’ll want to read. Be forewarned, though, it’ll make you wish Castle and Beckett were more like Rook and Heat and probably get you thinking about the good old days of Seasons 1 and 2!

One Response to “Naked Heat by Richard Castle”

  1. Hi,

    I tried reading the book, but halfway I got so bored I could not finish it. Could you please E-mail me who did it? I won’t hold it against you 🙂

    Thank you,

    Cheers,

    peter.

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