Heat Wave, by Richard Castle, 2009
This is such a hoot. To begin with, Richard Castle doesn’t exist. He is a character in a Television series, Castle. Castle is an author and rides along with NYC Police Detective Kate Beckett, helping solve murders each week. Castle has just published a new book (in the TV series) featuring Detective Nikki Heat and author Jameson Rook. It has, not too surprisingly in this day of marketing while the iron is hot, simultaneously been published in real world print, electronic and audio book forms. Julie alerted me and I bought it. This is what Amazon.com says about the author:
“Richard Castle is the author of numerous bestsellers, including the critically acclaimed Derrick Storm series. His first novel, In a Hail of Bullets, published while he was still in college, received the Nom DePlume Society’s prestigious Tom Straw Award for Mystery Literature. Castle currently lives in Manhattan with his daughter and mother, both of whom infuse his life with humor and inspiration.”
To make matters more confusing between TV show, fictional sleuth and real life, some of TV character Rick Castle’s poker-playing buddies are real people: Stephen J. Cannell and author James Patterson, playing themselves.
So far the relationship between Rick Castle and Kate Beckett has not progressed farther than meaningful glances, though the sexual tension is plain. The all time record for this non-hanky-panky, I’ve read, goes to Gunsmoke’s Miss Kitty and Marshall Dillon.
There is, to my astonishment, a lengthy and detailed ‘Acknowledgments’ section at the end of the story by the author. These little behind-the-scene peeks into the fictitious author’s life and times feed our fantasy of actually knowing the person we welcome into our living rooms through the TV set.
And to end with, the book is popcorn reading at its lightest, sort of like a story idea for a cable TV series. It’s a short book—I’m not exactly sure how short as I have only the Kindle version. The first and only negative feature of Kindle I’ve come across is that you don’t have to close your hardcopy book to recharge it.
If you don’t follow TV shows, you won’t get the joke, but it’s fun for those of us who do. I won’t spoil the fun by telling you the plot of Heat Wave… enjoy it for yourself.