Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Heat Rises (Nikki Heat #3)

Author: Richard Castle
Goodreads Rating: 3.85
My Rating: 3 Stars
Pages: 269
Reviewed by: Nicole

"Richard Castle proves as adept at writing thrillers as he is at solving crimes. HEAT rises to the occasion."-Dennis Lehane, bestselling author Fast-paced and full of intrigue, Heat Rises pairs the tough and sexy NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat with hotshot reporter Jameson Rook in New York Times bestselling author Richard Castle's most thrilling mystery yet. 
The bizarre murder of a parish priest at a New York bondage club opens Nikki Heat's most thrilling and dangerous case so far, pitting her against New York's most vicious drug lord, an arrogant CIA contractor, and a shadowy death squad out to gun her down. And that is just the tip of an iceberg that leads to a dark conspiracy reaching all the way to the highest level of the NYPD. 
But when she gets too close to the truth, Nikki finds herself disgraced, stripped of her badge, and out on her own as a target for killers, with nobody she can trust. Except maybe the one man in her life who's not a cop: reporter Jameson Rook. 
In the midst of New York's coldest winter in a hundred years, there's one thing Nikki is determined to prove: Heat Rises. This ebook includes an alternate cover created by one of Richard Castle's biggest fans.

I love the show Castle. Love it, so when some genius in the marketing department came up with these books, I went nuts, and started snatching them up. This is the third one that I have read that falls in the Nikki Heat series, Castle's books also include a graphic novel reviewed in February and some Novella's that I'm working toward now.

I really do love the books and the show, but sometimes these book are so hard to pull yourself through. Its like trying to run through a mud pit that you're elbow deep in, its hard, but in the end worth it. I love that the books mirror what is happening in this show such as the issue with Nikki's captain and how it mirrored the problems with her own.

It feels a little unnecessary at times the different leads that the book took, but then again, that is part of police work, following leads that take you nowhere. I liked Nikki and Rooks relationship and how they still sort of worked together. Rook offered his expertise and Nikki mostly listened.

I thought it was sad that they had a lot of trust issues to work through together, mostly Nikki learning to trust Rook. Luckily that wasn't something that translated into the TV show. I loved that Nikki was super kick ass and that she was always on her game. I even enjoyed the plot of a priest being found in a sex shop, and how every one of the suspects and people all linked together.

I also enjoyed the differences such as how Nikki was up for a promotion during this book and how that didn't quite translate into the show. I loved getting to see the sort of inside track on how these promotions happen and the politics that go into them. I loved that Nikki was so kick ass she maneuvered both the politics, assassins and Rook all at the same time.

Even though these books can be a drag, I can't wait to read the fourth book to see how the author handles the huge question mark left at the end of this book. I really think that this whole book series was very clever, and I especially love how you still see your favorite characters and relationships translate into the book.

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