Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook race to stop a deadly threat from Heat's past as well as an all-too-present serial killer, in Richard Castle's follow-up to the New York Times best-seller Frozen Heat.
Determined to find justice for her mother, top NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat continues to pursue the elusive former CIA station chief who ordered her execution more than a decade ago. For the hunt, Nikki teams once again with her romantic partner, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jameson Rook, and their quest for the old spy and the motive behind the past murder unearths an alarming terror plot, which is anything but ancient history. It is lethal. It is now. And it has already entered its countdown phase.
Complicating Heat's mission to bring the rogue spy to justice and thwart the looming terror event, a serial killer begins menacing the Twentieth Precinct, and her homicide squad is under pressure to stop him, and soon. Known for his chilling stealth, the diabolical murderer not only singles out Nikki as the exclusive recipient of his taunting messages, he names her as his next victim.
©2013 Richard Castle (P)2013 Hachette Audio
It's a spin-off of the hugely successful TV series Castle, so it was great fun to meet again the characters I already knew and laugh at their familiar banter. The detective story kept me interested, as well as the developments around the heroine's mother's murder but it's the growing love affair between the two main characters that's the main draw.
Rising Heat, Frozen Heat - all the Nikki Heat books supposedly written by a character in a TV show. I've read them all.
Too many to list. Anything containing by-play between Castle and Heat. And Castle and Martha. And Castle and Alex - Castle and anyone, really! This is quality banter.
Yes - in fact I think I did eat it all up at one go!
Marketing GENIUS to publish books supposedly written by a central character in a TV show! This 'fiction within fiction' keeps the reader on his/her toes all the time, mentally separating the two genres, and the ABC television people pulled a winner here, I reckon.
Richard Castle at his best! A fantastic listen, plenty of plot twists that keep you hanging on right to the very end, just when you think you know whodunit you are proved completely wrong. The book never lost pace and is very well narrated.
Just finished listening. Wonderful story, well told. Really enjoyed it, would highly recommend.
The way it wines through and gives little hints about the ending.
I only listen so I cannot say
if you have not read or listened to previouse Nikki Heat books, take the time to do so it is a great series.
"Can the heat rise much higher"
Great next installment
Sorry more than one
Yes but hope it will not be from this series. Nothing personal Mr. P
It just keeps getting hotter
GREAT follow up to the last book. This series always leaves me wanting more.....heat. Read other reviews about the book knocking the narrator. I can understand the comments but I do feel Petkoff did do a fine job with my only caveat being that Heller did a better job with the differences (voices) of the core ensemble. Why I do not know as the other characters in the book were affordered their own unique inflections, accents and well life. I do hope Mr. Heller will return for the next Installment of Nikki Heat as in other series read many times by a particular actor we learn to identify with the "sound" they have created for each character. That said I will be anxiously awaiting Mr. Castle's (who ever you are) next book either it be stormy or hot..
"Narrator ruins the characters."
Another book by Richard Castle, YES. Another story by Robert Petkoff ..Probably not. I was eagerly awaiting this book. Very disappointed in the narrator. There is no voice difference between characters. It all just sounds like him "reading". Thank goodness I read the previous book and can still picture the different voices, so I still feel like I know the side characters as they are speaking.
I would have used the previous narrator, Johnny Heller. Some people didn't care for him, but at least the characters came alive while you were listening. There is a reason they call it a "performance".
Yes, once on dvd or cable.
"Change Readers: Why"
I am listening to this book right now . This doesn't sound like a Heat book.This reader doesn't sound like Heat , Rook, or Roach. Why wait until the last book to do this .
Yes, because I enjoyed the story. Wish there were more in this series.
I love the banter back and forth between characters and the family like feel I get from the interaction.
5 minutes into the book and I was wanting Johnny Heller back. He did a better job of bringing the characters to life.
If Johnny Heller were reading it!
Bring back Johnny Heller! LOL
Peykoff is okay as a narrator but I think Heller does a better job overall.
"Love the humor."
I really enjoy the humor in this series. I also like the fact that it keeps you on your toes and is not something that is easy to figure out.
"A Fitting End to the Journey"
Yes, I would definitely recommend it. Anyone who's a Castle fan will see the characters come through in the pages of the book and enjoy a satisfying conclusion to a storyline that run almost from the beginning of the series/book.
It's a close call, as all ways, between Rook and Heat, but I have to go with Rook. Rook's boyish enthusiasm over the crime as well as how his source connections are legion and always seem to give him some advantage that amazes and confounds Heat.
clear, modulated, fluent.
Yes, I listened to and from work as well as fell asleep to it each night. I'm restarting it right away.
I loved the Acknowledgements and his thanks to the Castle characters and the actors themselves. Amusing Castle finish to a good read.
"Well written and engaging"
I am pretty new to mystery but I have found that this series is great
"Deadly Heat by Richard Castle"
As always a great read. As with all of Rich Castles novels I am unable to put it down until I finally read the last words in all his books. Hyperion and Audible does justice as Always.
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