Fast-paced and full of intrigue, Heat Rises pairs the tough and sexy NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat with hotshot reporter Jameson Rook in New York Times bestselling author Richard Castle’s most thrilling mystery yet.
The bizarre murder of a parish priest at a New York bondage club opens Nikki Heat’s most thrilling and dangerous case so far, pitting her against New York’s most vicious drug lord, an arrogant CIA contractor, and a shadowy death squad out to gun her down. And that is just the tip of an iceberg that leads to a dark conspiracy reaching all the way to the highest level of the NYPD.
But when she gets too close to the truth, Nikki finds herself disgraced, stripped of her badge, and out on her own as a target for killers, with nobody she can trust. Except maybe the one man in her life who’s not a cop: reporter Jameson Rook.
In the midst of New York’s coldest winter in a hundred years, there’s one thing Nikki is determined to prove: Heat Rises. (abc.com)
“I was especially drawn to the drama injected in this story. Nikki works her way for a promotion and is affirmed by garnering exceptionally high test results. Positive that she’d make it through, her life turns 180 degrees when the deputy chief strips off her badge and sends her home for a suspension.
The events around her team’s investigation of a murder mystery led to her discovery of some horrifying scandals affecting the police commission – hard-to-swallow truths that she simply cannot and will not dare take with blind eyes. So when the decision of her much anticipated rise to the ranks was finally declared, she gives it up. Her blunt refusal painting an astounding disappointment on the faces of those in the higher rungs of the police force ladder. For Nikki, her life job is to bring justice to the victims, and she can best fulfill that mission as a cop working on the streets and not behind the desk.
Heat Rises is extremely riveting! There is a perfect balance of humor, drama, action and mystery which makes it delightfully entertaining. Interestingly salacious as well!” ~miSyel