Book Review – Naked Heat by Richard Castle

Naked Heat by Richard Castle

Naked Heat by Richard Castle


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.

In spite of the fact that I enjoyed the first Castle tie-in book (and maybe because it’s been a while since I read it), I had some trepidation about the second book in the series.  I worried that since it was a TV-tie in that it would be a lazy attempt to cash in rather than aspiring to be a good book on its own.

I need not have worried, because the book stands on its own as a pretty good detective novel.  Then when you add the the whole meta-fiction angle it gets more interesting.

Something I found ironic is that in the book Jameson Rook criticizes someone’s name name as sounding made up.  I suppose this is another meta-joke, since Jameson Rook’s name was made up by Richard Castle whose name was made up by a TV writer…  I assume the TV writer has a read name (whoever they are).