Raging Heat (Anglais) Relié – 16 septembre 2014
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In New York Times Bestselling author Richard Castle's newest novel, an illegal immigrant falls from the sky and NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat's investigation into his death quickly captures the imagination of her boyfriend the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Jameson Rook. When he decides to work the case with Heat as his next big story, Nikki is at first happy to have him ride along. Yes, she must endure Rook's usual wild conspiracy speculations and adolescent wisecracks, but after reuniting following his recent assignment abroad, she's glad for the entertainment, the chance to bounce ideas, and just to be close to him again and feel the old spark rekindle. But when Rook's inquiry concludes that Detective Heat has arrested the wrong man for the murder, everything changes.
Balancing her high stakes job with a complicated romance has been a challenge ever since Nikki fell for the famous reporter. Now, her relationship lurches from mere complexity into sharp conflict over the most high-risk case of her career. Set against the raging force of Hurricane Sandy as it pounds New York, Heat battles an ambitious powerbroker, fights a platoon of urban mercenaries, and clashes with the man she loves. Detective Heat knows her job is to solve murders. She just worries that solving this one will be the death of her relationship.
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I suppose Nikki Heat bears a closer physical/psychological resemblence to Kate Beckett/Stana Katic than Jameson Rook does to Richard Castle/Nathan Fillion, but it's both easy and pleasureable to separate these two fictional worlds (it's also fun to speculate on the wish-fulfillment Mr. Castle indulges in with his alter-ego, who is a tanned, fit, childless, Tribeca-loft-owning, bed-hopping, marathon-running investigative journalist with 2 Pulitzers and--in his words--'a great ass'). The sex scenes have disappointingly cooled since the first 3 books (seriously--the first couple books are HOT), but the playful banter and deeper conversations of Heat & Rook always ring true and form their own dramatic arc within the logistics of a murder investigation.
My delight in this series took a hit after the bloated excess of the previous two books (Frozen Heat & Deadly Heat): granted, there *were* 5 tv seasons' worth of Beckett's-mother's-murder plotlines to wrap up, but the global scope of the novels kept expanding so ridiculously & exponentially that I half-expected a metal-toothed Bond villain to appear and toss a razor-rimmed bowler hat at the leads right before pushing a big red button labled VAPORIZE THE WORLD. In *Raging Heat* we are back to real-world sized crimes, and while the end contains a scene that's a BIT too Agatha Christie for my taste, on the whole it's a wonderful return to the realistic scope and tone of these books (although, Mr. Castle, you can please bring the hot sex scenes back anytime, like...*now*).
I can't NOT recommend any of the Richard Castle books, just because I love these characters/this series so much. However, just know that books 4 & 5 are kind of like those first few episodes of Friday Night Lights, Season Two: you just gotta power though them and try to not let them taint your enjoyment of what came before, and what comes after.
Following is a complicated multi murder investigation with not only Rook against her conclusion of who was behind the murders, but her loyal fellow detectives aided Rook behind Nikki's back and sided with him. Needless to say, this was a very large problem between her and Rook and alienated her fellow officers.
The story containes human trafficking, mercenaries (mean ones), money laundering, and internal police cover ups making big problems. "Richard Castle" really had some very strong nail biting scenes, including one with the mercenaries chasing Nikki and Rook during the hurricane. AWESOME! It was so riveting I thought I was there. All the little clues were put together and made a brilliant resolution to the many crimes that had been uncovered. You can't beat that for a great mystery/thriller/adventure book. It's a winner as far as I'm concerned!
Good reading to all,
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The man falls from the sky into the local planetarium. There’s no ID, and very little of him left to identify. Yet slowly Nikki begins making her case, a case that seems to be leading to a commissioner for the Port Authority. Meanwhile, her boyfriend Rook has developed some leads that point in other directions. Whose intel is correct? Can Nikki make a case against a man so well connected? And will Nikki and Rook’s relationship survive this case?
While I had realized that the original few books in the series took place in a compressed time frame, I wasn’t sure if they were playing into that on purpose or not. Obviously they are since even with the two year time leap, this book takes place in the run up to Hurricane Sandy. That makes an interesting backdrop that adds to the story.
As always, the story is strong, and the added conflict over the competing theories heightens the tension of the book. It also allows for some interesting character development, which I really enjoyed. Fans of the TV show Castle will enjoy seeing the nods to the show, but anyone who enjoys a good mystery will still find the case presented here to be very compelling reading.
I have definitely come to look forward to these books, and this one didn’t disappoint. If you are a fan of the show, you really should give the books a try.
I think this one actually would rank as the lowest of the other Nikki Heat books to be honest. But that's not to say the book is not enjoyable, it just didn't raise the bar.