Rick Castle Leaps the Fourth Wall in a Single Bound

Heat Wave


Do you enjoy watching ABC's "Castle"? Is there something about the chemistry between Richard Castle and Kate Beckett that glues you to your television? Is the hiatus just too long before the next week rolls around again and you can indulge your addiction?

Fortunately for people like us, the St. Louis County Library has a solution to this horrible dilemma. In case you didn't know already, Hyperion Publishing has released three books written by Richard Castle starring our favorite New York detective, Nikki Heat. When the first came out, "Heat Wave," I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. I had no idea that the books of a fictional character would be published outside of the show, much less come into my local library. Reading it and "Naked Heat" was a great way to fill in the time between seasons this summer.

The third, "Heat Rises," came out in September of this year, and it was an excellent continuation of the series. It is interesting for a fan of the show, in reading these books, to see how the events and characters echo the TV series, as well as how they differ. For example, I was delighted to see a reference to Malcolm Reynolds in "Heat Rises,"  an inside joke that the show used Season Two in the episode entitled "Vampire Weekend." The relationship between Detective Nikki Heat and reporter Jameson Rook is closer than that of Detective Kate Beckett and Richard Castle, but their repartee has a similarly clever ring. Even if you don't watch the show, these books are mysteries not to be missed. And if you find yourself watching the show after you've read the books, welcome to the fan club. We're glad you're here.

--Lindsay T., Jamestown Bluffs


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