The following blog contains spoilers for the Richard Castle book Heat Wave is this your one and only warning, leave now if you do not want this book to be spoilt
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 a reason to kill trot out there alibis. and then, in the stifling grip of a record heatwave comes another shocking murder a sharp turn in the tents journey into dirty little secrets at the wealthy, Secrets that prove to be fatal secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light.
Homicide Detective Nikki Heat.
Previously in Heat Wave – After chasing down her two suspect Nikki puts them inside two separate interrogation rooms the first guy she interviews is Miric who is Polish American, and within minutes Heat has him down an amiable who talks and talks but says nothing but in the end tells her him and his friend when to see Starr but wasn’t in. However when she interviews Vitya Pochenko unlike Miric is fixed and foucused and when Nikki ask him a question the only thing he says his that when she knocked him to the ground he could smell her. And from the other side of the glass Rook jumps up and down yelling at Vitya. Nikki takes this opportunity and learns that Vitya has missing ring and a cut which he says happened when he was working out.
After the interviews Nikki is not happy with Rook and thinks he doesn’t really care he’s just looking for a good story, Raley has been running though the surveillance tapes which shows a 20 minute gap from Miric and Pochenko coming and going so they did give a kicking to Starr but not kill him.
and now the continuation.
Six – Nikki is out with Lauren Parry on a rooftop bar of the Soho House, Lauren is happy to be out of the morgue, They order cocktails, Nikki a campari and soda Lauren a Bloody Mary. Nikki says its ironic favorite for a coroner. The thing had become a rural, at the end of week. The two women had hit off right away, over Lauren’s first autopsy three years ago, they connected on another level, as professional woman navigating traditional male fields. Nikki and her talk about the case outlining her interviews and Lauren says that it was much of a fight
” my guess is that wasn’t much for that whoever did this picked up the victim slammed in through those doors and then tested backwards into the street I examined his legs and ankles closely and I’m certain Mr Starr never touched the railing when he went over.”
They order something to eat and by the time is comes they have moved on to a few other subjects, when Nikki phone rings she lets the voice mail take it, but Lauren says that Nikki could forward him to her phone but the ride along is bad enough. When Nikki hears the message Rook says he has something big about Matthew Starr and they should meet.
Nikki goes to see Rook, when she gets there she finds a poker the players are Judge Simpson, A network news anchor with her Oscar-winning film maker husband. and much to Nikki’s relief it’s a low Stakes game. Nikki can’t help but make the comparison to another Simpson. After the deal of the third hand Rook’s mother appears an lady in her sixties and grand dame of the acting world. and when Rook goes to open a window its is his backside she fixes on, Two hours later after the news anchor and Rook had folded Nikki and the Judge are still in and he’s having a hard time reading her and in the end she wins out then calling it a night.
They all leave as group but Rook says sorry for punking here in coming over but Nikki is happy leaving with his money, ten minutes later she’s in her own house laying in her bath she thinks about the road not taken. Then her ex seal with benefits, and the future, but a flutter came being caught in the act by the Grand Damn looking at Rook’s backside.
What I think – It’s quite a lot that happens in this chapter and it is really absolutely nothing to do with finding the murderer Matthew Starr, which depending on your point of view is either a a good thing or b a bad thing. I fall into the first category I enjoy having not only the ability to go into the characters and their situations. How they got to where they are and what they think but I also enjoy the people who interact with them.
Lauren and Nikki have a professional life and also a personal interaction at the end of each week which broadens both characters out and not just a paint by numbers characterture
And then you have four people Rook knows the judge, the TV personality, her husband and his mother all part of one side of Rook and then Nikki who has been invited to share in the poker game. (There is a little 4th wall breaking here regards to judge and The Simpsons reference but I’ll get into that when we eventually finish the book and we want to the connections within the TV show blog posts) the characters around that table don’t add to the drive and the push to solve the murder what they do they add to the overall believability of luck Nikki and their relationship whatever it may turn out to be.
So that’s your lot for is week as always thank you for reading and I hope you can join me for the next chapter of Heat Wave but until then whoever you are and whether you be bye for now and see you next week.