A titillating mystery thriller this is not. This is not even as good as the TV show, Castle, which they are playing off. This is just a middle of the road, let us slap some words on a page and call it a book kind of read. I don’t know if it has been published anywhere who the actual ghost writer is, but I am hoping that it’s not one of Richard Castles poker buddies, because a few of them have written some good books.
Nikki Heat and Rook (this would be the name given to Castle’s character, because calling him Pawn or Knight would just be silly) are in charge of the investigation into the death of a New York real-estate developer. Of course everything is smoke and mirrors when it comes to Manhattan and the rich and famous, so when the death is ruled a homicide and the art collection doesn’t live it to its estimated value, you throw in the Russian factor and wham-bam you have a police procedural.
The book goes where the series has not, but then again, this is all in the imagination of a somewhat 12 year old wanting to play cops and robbers.
If you are not looking for anything heavy or thought provoking, you might appreciate this sophomoric attempt at entertainment. It would work great for a lunchtime read where you can pick it up over a week and not feel that you have to go back and read anything to remember where you were.