'Castle' book tie-in: 'Heat Wave' to hit online

Castle-book_l Will publishing a mystery novel "penned" by Richard Castle, Nathan Fillion's best-selling crime writer on ABC's Castle, win the show a new audience? Probably not. But it's a pretty genius idea to keep fans interested over the summer until the show's Sept. 21 return. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first half of Heat Wave will debut on abc.com one-chapter-a-week starting Aug. 10, with the full novel being published by Hyperion on Sept. 29. During the first season of the show, Castle shadowed NYPD homicide detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) for inspiration for Nikki Heat, the heroine of his next series. Presumably, Heat Wave is the first installment in that collection. (It was among the titles Fillion's Castle playfully brainstormed: Summer Heat, Heat Wave, In Heat…).

The real mystery is who will actually write the book. The identity of the author(s) is being kept secret for now. I hope they at least let Fillion take a final pass on the manuscript. As we all suspected, and he's confirmed, he's responsible for a fair amount of Castle's clever dialogue. Not sure it'd read like Castle without him.

Are you planning on reading Heat Wave? I'm in, assuming it doesn't blow. (The Hyperion run is hopeful. It's not like this show's Lost; you wouldn't gamble on fans buying it on the title alone.) I want to see if/how Castle incorporates Beckett's mother's murder into the character and plot — though I suspect that will come in the second half of the novel so the show has a chance to deal with the fallout first…

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  • erika

    I’m in, if just for the fun of it! Given the roundtable of great writer guest stars they had for the pilot, it might be funny if one of the greats actually penned it for fun.

  • JP

    I will definitely read it. I love Castle. =)

  • allie

    Love it! Great idea!

  • DW

    I love this idea! This book will be mine.

  • Melinda65

    I’m a huge fan of Nathan Fillion and Castle, and will read the book. If Ed McBain were still alive, my vote would be for him to write it.
    What would be awesome, though, is an audio version of it, read by Nathan.

    • psa1305

      Oh MY Goodness Melinda65 That would be so awesome!!!

  • Sue

    Not sure, but I think that Fillion was an English major at some point in his collegiate career. Let the boy write the book…

  • Susan

    Nathan Fillion is a great writer and a very funny guy. He should definitely co-write it at the very least. It may not be Lost, but I was ready to jump over to Amazon and order it until I read it is only going to be on ABC.com for now. Bummer. Great idea for a tie-in with the series though.

  • Babs

    Didn’t they have some real writers on the show playing pocker with Castle? They can ask some to help out!

  • Sue

    I’m in – I’ll be reading for sure and I agree. Hope they let Nathan do a read of the manuscript and add his two cents.

  • Ragna

    I’m so getting my hands on that when it comes out.

  • Michelle

    I’m in!

  • shelly

    Amusing as it would be if Nathan actually wrote this, I doubt he has either the time or the inclination to do so. However, Mandi, you can ask him about this via his Twitter (just for fun, I’d love to see his reaction to the question):
    I wish Keith R.A. Candido were writing this because he does tv tie-in novels justice. He wrote my favorite Farscape tv tie-in novel House of Cards. But he does scifi and I doubt he’s a Castle fan.

  • Big D

    This is an awesome idea! I’m in. An earlier poster mentioned Keith R. A. DeCandido. House of Cards was an awesome media tie-in novel (my favorite scifi media tie-in novel ever)and KRAD also has done a C.S.I. novel (“Four Walls”), so maybe…

    • matt

      James Patterson is on the cover; he was in the first episode and he happens to be a new york times bestseller crime novelist. Just a thought!

      • Wayne

        So…do we know yet who actually penned this tie-in?

  • Wayne

    So…do we know yet who actually penned this tie-in?

  • Akansha

    depending on the flavours. You could do 50cents but 1dollar for the more exsvipnee ones. you could have a styrofoam ball cut it in half and then put 5 or ten cakepops in. You could sell these together for a reduced price. If you sell them seperately make them more exsvipnee so people will buy more.Divide the amount you spent by how many you made to work out the price of one.Maybe have special prices and deals. For people to get more intested you could give them special names e.g. carrot cake could be bunnys delight or something fun and creative like thatGood luck and hope i helped!Hope you sell lots of cake pops!

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