When New York's most vicious gossip columnist, Cassidy Towne, is found dead, Heat uncovers a gallery of high profile suspects, all with compelling motives for killing the most feared muckraker in Manhattan.
Heat’s murder investigation is complicated by her surprise reunion with superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook. In the wake of their recent breakup, Nikki would rather not deal with their raw emotional baggage. But the handsome, wise-cracking Pulitzer Prize-winning writer's personal involvement in the case forces her to team up with Rook anyway. The residue of their unresolved romantic conflict and crackling sexual tension fills the air as Heat and Rook embark on a search for a killer among celebrities and mobsters, singers and hookers, pro athletes and shamed politicians.
This new, explosive case brings on the heat in the glittery world of secrets, cover-ups, and scandals.
- Author: Richard Castle
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Hyperion
- Release Date: September 28, 2010
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401324029
- ISBN-13: 978-1401324025
'To the real Nikki Heat, with gratitude'
- Nikki Heat - a tough and intelligent Homicide Detective who drove her career towards the NYPD in order to find her mother's killer. She is modeled after Kate Beckett.
- Jameson Rook - a world-renowned journalist with First Press magazine assigned to shadow the 20th precinct for an assignment on NYPD Detectives. He is modeled after Richard Castle.
- Detective Ochoa - a member of the 20th precinct's Homicide Division working with Nikki. He is modeled after Javier Esposito.
- Detective Raley - a member of the 20th precinct's Homicide Division and Detective Ochoa's partner. He is modeled after Kevin Ryan.
- Lauren Parry - a Medical Examiner and Nikki's best friend who maintains a warm outlook despite her chosen profession. She is modeled after Lanie Parish.
- Charles Montrose - the Captain of the 20th precinct and Nikki's superior. He is modeled after Roy Montgomery.
- Margaret Rook - an actress past her prime known as the "Grand Damn of Broadway" who lives with Rook in his Tribeca loft. She is modeled after Martha Rodgers.
- Petar Matic - An ex-boyfriend of Nikki Heat's, originally from Croatia, whom she dated in college, and with whom she broke up when he began moving too fast for her.
- Soleil Gray - A troubled, volatile rock star who Heat and Rook suspect may have knowledge of the killer's identity.
- Holly Flanders - the daughter of the murder Cassidy Towne gossip columnist also a suspect in her mothers murder.
- Toby Mills - Star baseball player also a suspect in Cassidy Towne's murder.
- Helen Miksit - Formidable defence attorney, formerly a prosecutor
References to Castle Episodes, Cast, Crew
- On page 123, Nikki reveals that her "safe word" is pineapples. In the series premiere, Flowers For Your Grave, Castle tells Beckett his safe word is apples. He reminds her of this in The Mistress Always Spanks Twice.
- On page 117, Rook knocks on Nikki's cast iron bathtub and says "If the asteroid ever hits, this is where you should duck and cover." In Boom – (Part 2), after Castle tips her off, Beckett jumps into her own bathtub to survive a bomb blast that destroys her apartment.
- The character of Soleil Gray is based on Sky Blue from Famous Last Words (episode 2x07).
- Petar Matic and his Coatian background are a nod to Stana Katic, whose parents emigrated from the same region.
- Toby Mills, the baseball player, and his agent are inspired by Cano Vega and his agent Bobby Fox from Suicide Squeeze
- On page 87, Castle opens up a fridge and a body topples out, similar to The Third Man (episode 2x14)
- At the beginning of episode 2x12 A Rose for Everafter, Castle mentions how he has Nikki Heat strapped to a chair and he's trying to figure out she escapes. On page 105, Nikki Heat gets her duck tape off similar to the way Castle does in the episode.
- On page 221, the code for the Chef's wine cellar is 41319, the same as Beckett's badge number.
References in episodes
- In A Deadly Game (2x24), Beckett discovers the book's title after she takes a message from Gina ("That's a catchy title! When were you going to tell me?"). At the end of the episode, Castle leaves for the Hamptons with Gina to work on the book, leaving Beckett heartbroken.
- In A Deadly Affair (3x01), Beckett, Ryan and Esposito are distracted from investigating the crime scene by a bookstore window, where a bookseller is putting up a full-length cutout of Castle as promotion for the imminent book launch, even though they have not heard from him all summer.
- In Almost Famous (3x07), Castle says: "I had a dream. I was floating on a lily pad and the Swedish bikini team was reciting positive reviews of Naked Heat."
New York Times Bestseller
Naked Heat debuted in the New York Times Bestseller list at #7 the week of its release.
ABC has released chapter 1 of Naked Heat online. Further chapters are expected to be released on a weekly basis during August and September.
- Chapter 1
- Chapter 2
- Chapter 3
- Chapter 4
- Chapter 5
- Chapter 6
- Chapter 7
- Chapter 8
- Chapter 9
- Chapter 10
Available on CD. Narrated by unknown.