Who is Richard Castle?

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Richard Castle is the main character in the series Castle, currently in its third season on ABC. In the pilot for the television show, Castle (who killed off his wildly popular Derek Storm character when he got bored writing him) gets involved in a murder case after one of his books is cited as the inspiration for the crime. Once the case is over, he sticks around to follow NYPD detective Kate Beckett on other cases, using her as the inspiration for a new series of novels staring a detective named Nikki Heat.

In the series, Castle writes a novel titled Heat Wave. As a tie-in, ABC has released that novel as a real book with "Richard Castle" as the author. It is entirely in character from the dedication to the acknowledgments, although the latter references the principal cast and the show's creators by name. Castle puts himself into the book as Jameson Rook, a Pulitzer Prize winning author doing a story on the NYPD detectives, who tags along as they try to solve the murder of an art collector whose collection gets stolen during the investigation in a New York City heat wave.

The book reads just like an episode of the television show, meaning it's fast-paced with lots of twists and turns until the mystery is solved, with charm and great character interaction. While being a fan of the television series might help visualize the characters in the novel better (other characters in the "Castle" universe have counterparts in the novels), it's not a requirement.

So far, there are two books in the Nikki Heat series - Heat Wave, and Naked Heat. Castle, the television show, has been renewed for a fourth season, so watch for the third novel, Heat Rises, coming September 2011!

Submitted by Cami @ YCOS


The people behind the television program Castle have published two great tie-in books, Heat Wave and Naked Heat. If you've never seen Castle here's what you need to know. Richard Castle is a mystery novelist shadowing NYPD Homicide Detective Kate Beckett as research for his novels. Castle and Beckett solve murder cases together while Castle also works on his next two novels, Heat Wave and Naked Heat. Both books center on NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat who is clearly modeled after Kate Beckett.

In the real world, Heat Wave and Naked Heat have been published with fictional character Richard Castle as the author. No one is saying who really wrote the novels, although they capture the tone and characters of the show so well it's difficult to imagine it's anyone other than a writer or writers from the show.

If you don't watch Castle would you enjoy these books? Definitely. They mimic the best things about the show: crimes with lots of twists and turns, witty banter and red-hot chemistry between Castle and Beckett.

For all you Castle fans out there you'll really enjoy these books. Not only is reading them like watching episodes of the show, it's also fun to feel like you're in on the joke when the characters mention Castle's books and you know exactly what they're talking about. You're also sure to appreciate how easy it is to see the Richard Castle character writing Heat Wave and Naked Heat.

Submitted by Amy @ MPL Central

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