I do not think that there can ever be enough books about anything and I say that knowing that some of them are going to be about Pilates.The more knowledge the better seems like a solid rule of thumb, even though I have watched enough science fiction films to accept that humanity’s unchecked pursuit of learning will end with robots taking over the world.-Sarah Vowell

Friday, August 25, 2017

Raging Heat by Richard Castle

If you watch the show Castle on ABC, then you'll recognize the name of the author as the character on the show who writes a book series about a Lieutenant named Nikki Heat, that he based on Kate Beckett and the journalist Jameson Rook, who tags along with her, and sometimes writes stories about her cases for the press.

Rook has just returned from a long stint away on a story.  As Heat is trying to organize the mess he's left everywhere, she finds a receipt for a jewelry store in Paris and believes that Rook may be asking her to marry her and she has no idea what to think about that.  Her thoughts are quickly taken elsewhere when a Haitian immigrant falls through the glass ceiling of the New York Planetarium.  It appears that he had been beaten before he died.  No one can figure out how he came to fall the way he did. 

Soon they discover another murder of an elderly gentleman, whose maid was the Haitian's girlfriend and who hid a phone with a message from him saying to run that K.G. who they believe to be Keith Gilbert a man running for the Senate.  Heat is so narrowly focused on Gilbert as the killer, she fails to see the other pieces of evidence that don't fit.  The Haitian, Beuvais, worked at an illegal operation that went through people's trash and try to find out information in order to forge IDs, steal identities, and other things.  His girlfriend was able to get out and Beuvais was working on a way to score some big money so they could go back to Haiti. 

His last job was ripping off an ATM with two large men the cops had seen before fleeing Beuvais's apartment.  On camera there is a shot of one of them shooting at Beuvais.  Rook who had been helping out the Roach partners with this angle ends up butting heads with Heat and their relationship suffers horribly.  He's doing his job as a journalist and following up on details that Heat refuses to look at which also causes friction between her and her team.  It seems that everybody was after Beuvais to kill him.  Also, those that killed his girlfriend were pros who tortured her before she died. 

You don't have to watch the show to read this book, though you will enjoy the inside jokes.  Nor do you have to read the other books, though I really cannot recommend them enough in that the ones that deal with solving Heat's mother's murder is actually better than the one that they came up with on the show.  This doesn't happen often, but I couldn't put the book down.  I read three hours past when I was going to stop for the night.  I just had to finish it.  This is a great book.

Link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Raging-Heat-Nikki-Book-ebook/dp/B00MC3X76M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503683708&sr=8-1&keywords=raging+heat


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