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Richard Castle

Heat Wave

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Heat Wave is the first in a series of mystery novels featuring the characters Nikki Heat, an NYPD homicide detective, and Jameson Rook, a journalist.

A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of reasons to kill trot out their alibis. And then, in the suffocating grip of a record heat wave, comes another shocking murder and a sharp turn in a tense journey into the dirty little secrets of the wealthy. Secrets that prove to be fatal. Secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light.

Mystery sensation Richard Castle, blockbuster author of the wildly best-selling Derrick Storm novels, introduces his newest character, NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat. Tough, sexy, and professional, Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City's top homicide squads. She's hit with an unexpected challenge when the commissioner assigns superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook to ride along with her to research an article on New York's Finest. Pulitzer Prize-winning Rook is as much a handful as he is handsome. His wise-cracking and meddling aren't her only problems. As she works to unravel the secrets of the murdered real estate tycoon, she must also confront the spark between them. The one called heat.
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Titan Books
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  • Daria Dariahas quoted3 years ago
    A reporter . . . You’re not going to do a story about my husband, are you?”

    “No. Not specifically. I’m just doing background research on this squad.”
  • Daria Dariahas quoted3 years ago
    Good. Because my husband wouldn’t like that. He thought all reporters were assholes.”

    Nikki Heat said she understood completely, but she was looking at Rook when she said it.
  • Mitchell Wilmothas quoted4 years ago
    This edition published by arrangement with Hyperion.

    This is a work of fiction

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