If you like Naked Heat by Richard Castle

If you like Naked Heat by Richard Castle

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Naked Heat by Richard Castle (Second book in the Nikki Heat series)
When New York's most vicious gossip columnist, Cassidy Towne, is found dead, NYPD Homicide Detective Heat uncovers a gallery of high profile suspects, all with compelling motives for killing the most feared muckraker in Manhattan. Heat's murder investigation is complicated by her surprise reunion with superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook. (catalog summary)

The Nikki Heat series has been turned into a long-running drama on ABC: Castle.


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