“Castle” novel to be released

ABC’s crime series Castle is about mystery writer Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), who ends up assisting police detective Kaheat-wavete Beckett (Stana Katic) on a case. It became somewhat of a hit after debuting in midseason, and just returned to start a second season this week.

Next week, however, will see the release of Heat Wave, a crime novel written by “Richard Castle,” who will “publish” it on-air this season. The hardcover book will be available in stores on September 29. Several chapters had already been made available to fans at abc.com.

The plot of Heat Wave is similar to Castle’s recent “real-life” endeavors on the TV series. The novel follows NYPD Detective Nikki Heat as she’s hit with an unexpected challenge. The commissioner assigns superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook (“rook,” in chess, is another name for “castle”) to ride along with her to research an article on New York’s Finest. Rook’s wisecracking and meddling aren’t Heat’s only problems. She is working to unravel the secrets of a murdered real-estate tycoon, and confronting her own heat wave — the spark between her and Rook.

Richard Castle (a.k.a. Fillion) will be speaking and signing copies of Heat Wave, if you’re interested and are in the Los Angeles area, at these bookstores:

Borders Books & Music, 9301 Tampa Ave., Northridge, CA — Sept. 29 at 7:30pm

Barnes & Noble, The Grove, 189 Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA — Oct. 19 at 7:30pm