Nikki Heat Series
| || Heat Wave|
Mystery sensation Richard Castle introduces his newest character, NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat. Tough, sexy, professional, Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City's top homicide squads. She's hit with an unexpected challenge when the commissioner assigns superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook to ride along with her to research an article on New York's Finest. Pulitzer Prize-winning Rook is as much a handful as he is handsome. His wise-cracking and meddling aren't her only problems. As she works to unravel the secrets of the murdered real estate tycoon, she must also confront the spark between them. The one called heat.
When New York's most vicious gossip columnist, Cassidy Towne, is found dead, Heat uncovers a gallery of high-profile suspects, all with compelling motives for killing the most feared muckraker in Manhattan. Heat's investigation is complicated by her surprise reunion with superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook. The residue of their unresolved romantic conflict and crackling sexual tension fills the air as Heat and Rook embark on a search for a killer among celebrities and mobsters, singers and hookers, pro athletes and shamed politicians. This new, explosive case brings on the heat in the glittery world of secrets, cover-ups, and scandals.
| || Heat Rises|
The bizarre murder of a parish priest at a New York bondage club is just the tip of an iceberg that leads Nikki Heat to a dark conspiracy that reaches 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 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.
NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat arrives at her latest crime scene to find an unidentified woman stabbed to death and stuffed inside a suitcase left on a Manhattan street. Nikki is in for a big shock when this new homicide connects to the unsolved murder of her own mother. Paired once again with her romantic and investigative partner, top journalist Jameson Rook, Heat works to solve the mystery of the body in the suitcase while she is forced to confront unexplored areas of her mother’s background. Facing relentless danger as someone targets her for the next kill, Nikki’s search will unearth painful family truths, expose a startling hidden life, and cause Nikki to reexamine her own past. Heat’s passionate quest takes her and Rook from the back alleys of Manhattan to the avenues of Paris, trying to catch a ruthless killer. The question is, now that her mother’s cold case has unexpectedly thawed, will Nikki Heat finally be able to solve the dark mystery that has been her demon for ten years?
Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook race to stop a deadly threat from Heat's past as well as an all-too-present serial killer. Determined to find justice for her mother, top NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat continues to pursue the elusive former CIA station chief who ordered her execution more than a decade ago. For the hunt, Nikki teams once again with her romantic partner, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jameson Rook, and their quest for the old spy and the motive behind the past murder unearths an alarming terror plot, which is anything but ancient history. It is lethal. It is now. And it has already entered its countdown phase.
An illegal immigrant falls from the sky and NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat’s investigation into his death quickly captures the imagination of her boyfriend the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Jameson Rook. When he decides to work the case with Heat as his next big story, Nikki is at first happy to have him ride along. Yes, she must endure Rook’s usual wild conspiracy speculations and adolescent wisecracks, but after reuniting following his recent assignment abroad, she’s glad for the entertainment, the chance to bounce ideas, and just to be close to him again and feel the old spark rekindle. But when Rook’s inquiry concludes that Detective Heat has arrested the wrong man for the murder, everything changes.
In the seventh novel of his popular Nikki Heat series, the NYPD's top homicide detective has been promoted to captain just in time to face a thrilling case with a very personal twist. Captain Heat's fiancé, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jameson Rook, is deep in an investigation. Professionally for Heat, Rook's meddling in the case compromises her new job. Privately, it becomes an early test of their engagement when Rook becomes a distraction at best, and an obstacle at worst, as their parallel lives not only cross, but collide.
An ISIS-style beheading of a journalist, carried out by a New York City group pledging fealty to that rogue state, becomes more than just another case for NYPD Captain Nikki Heat when the killers announce their next target: her husband, magazine writer Jameson Rook. Meanwhile, Heat is haunted by a fleeting glimpse of someone she swears is her mother... a woman who has been dead for nearly twenty years.
(May 2, 2017)
Nikki Heat and Derrick Storm, New York Times bestselling author Richard Castle's most enduring and beloved characters, team up for the first time to save Nikki's mother, Cynthia, who has been in hiding (and presumed dead) for 17 years. Standing in their way is a nefarious group of Chinese businessmen known as the Shanghai Seven, who have the resources-and ruthlessness-to stop them. (Amazon)
(March 12, 2019)
Derrick Storm Series
|Deadly Storm|| While tracking down a missing husband for a desperate wife, private investigator Derrick Storm discovers there's a lot more to the job than he's been led to believe when he discovers the missing husband is actually a rogue CIA operative involved in selling national security secrets to enemy forces. He soon finds himself knee deep in international intrigue when he's recruited by the lovely and dangerous Clara Strike, a CIA agent with a penchant for trouble and adventure.|
|Storm Season|| CIA Agent Clara Strike enlists the help of retired NYPD detective Derrick Storm to bug the hotel suite of an African head of state. But this routine mission quickly spirals out of control when Storm overhears a woman's terrifying scream on the wire. Plagued by the victim's helpless cry, Storm--despite Strike's warning, or perhaps because of it--investigates the truth.|
| A Calm Before The Storm || Derrick Storm is looking forward to finally getting out of the game - stocking up his cabin cruiser and heading out into the open Atlantic for good. But his plans are put on hold when, on the eve of a UN summit, the severed head of a Russian diplomat is found bobbing in the backwaters of the Hudson. Storm's CIA handler Clara Strike enlists him to crack a plot of global proportions, pitting the uncanny PI against a legion of eastern bloc mercenaries, and an ex-KGB hit-man known simply as "The Fear."|
|Storm's Break|| A brutal cold snap has practically brought Manhattan to its knees, driving the island's denizens indoors. The city's homeless are driven down, into the bowels of ancient train tunnels and the concrete roots of skyscrapers. It's a world of predators and prey, and when runaway teenage girls start disappearing into this underworld, Derrick Storm isn't afraid to find out why. It doesn't take long before Storm trips to an international human trafficking ring headed by notorious Panama kingpin Marco Juarez. Teaming up with reliable and gutsy CIA agent Clara Strike, these two race to stop one of the world's most vile criminals before he destroys more innocent lives.|
|Storm Warning|| When Derrick Storm's close friend, attorney Sam Strummel, is murdered in cold blood in a cemetery outside of NYC, Storm launches his own investigation to bring the murderer to justice. While investigating Strummel's business dealings, Storm exposes a murder-for-hire syndicate that has just made him their next target.|
|Unholy Storm|| When the daughters of four high-powered international businessmen are discovered dead in New York City, the NYPD scrambles to bring the murderer to justice. But when a fifth girl is found mutilated in a pool of her own blood, her prestigious French family hires Derrick Storm to run his own investigation and find the real killer. With limited access to evidence, Storm has only one lead - a strange symbol drawn in blood at each of the five crime scenes. While immersing himself in voodoo religion and rituals, Storm enlists the help of the beautiful and daring Clara Strike, his CIA handler. Together they uncover a deep web of deception under the guise of mysticism and devotion. And in a race against time, this most unlikely pair will unlock the mystery behind a network of international assassins capable of creating a global catastrophe. (Also adapted as a graphic novel.)|
|Gathering Storm|| While packing his bags for a much-needed vacation, Storm gets a call from CIA Agent Clara Strike with an urgent mission. Storm must help protect the Swiss Ambassador's daughter against a formidable foe: a former KGB officer who is known for killing his victims with undetectable poison. When the mission is compromised, Clara fears that there is a mole in the CIA. In a bold move, Clara decides to put Storm undercover at Langley in order to smoke out the guilty party. Unexpectedly, Storm does more than just that; he uncovers a conspiracy that goes to the top levels of the agency and threatens Clara's livelihood.|
|Storm Rising|| On a quest to recover a rare sapphire stolen from one of Manhattan's elite, Derrick Storm comes face to face with Bentley Silver: notorious jewel thief and rival womanizer. As the two men compare their conquests, they form an unlikely union in order to bring down a Parisian thief who threatens to undermine Silver's livelihood and Storm's bank account. A trail of stolen jewels leads Storm and Bentley to an underground international society, which is shrouded in secrecy and has a deadly mission.|
|Driving Storm|| Storm faces his toughest case to date when CIA Agent Clara Strike asks him to clear her sister Susan's name after she's accused of murdering her husband. Strike insists that it was police incompetence and tainted evidence that led to her sister's arrest. Storm takes the case, only to realize that the police conspiracy against Susan isn't just Clara's hunch, it's a stone wall of silence even he may not be able to get past. And the closer he gets to the truth, the more danger he puts Susan in, leading Storm to a terrible choice - prove her innocence or save her life.|
| Storm's Last Stand || An ex-con out for vengeance, an old lover looking for closure, and a hardened cop hoping to find peace of mind all come crashing into Storm's life when a man they all know jumps off the Brooklyn Bridge. Or was he pushed? Now these former foes must work together to solve a crime that brings up their complicated past history and some memories better left forgotten. Storm must protect his reputation, heart, and possibly his life while unlocking the mystery behind his friend's death. In the midst of this, CIA Agent Clara Strike calls on Storm to help with what she deems, an "easy" task. But when this mission leads to Clara's abduction by MI5 agents, Storm must balance his two identities and cases while trying to save Clara's life.|
| Storm Fall ||Storm is finally feeling like he has his life back: a few open and shut cases that lack any danger or intrigue and no recent calls from CIA Agent Clara Strike. But when her lack of contact begins to concern him, Storm begins to search for the woman who he has begun to care for as more than just a colleague. But what Storm unravels quickly turns his world upside down. Is Clara the CIA agent she claimed to be or a rogue spy operating outside the law? Just when he begins to scratch the surface of the truth, his bank account is drained and a murder of a rival PI is pinned on him. Storm must take on his most challenging client yet: himself. Is this the work of Clara or one of his many enemies? Storm has to comb through his entire career as a PI and as a secret CIA operative: every criminal he put away, every crime he solved, every life he affected, in order to find out who would do this to him. Will he find the culprit pulling the puppet strings or will this be the end of Derrick Storm?|
|Storm Front||Storm Front|
(May 21, 2013)
From Tokyo, to Bonn, to London, high-level bankers are being tortured and murdered. The killer, caught in a fleeting glimpse on a surveillance camera, has been described as a psychopath with an eye patch. And that means Gregor Volkov, Derrick Storm's old nemesis, has returned. Knowing only one man can match Volkov's strength and cunning, the CIA calls on Storm to track him down, figure out who he's working for and why. With the help of a beautiful and mysterious foreign agent, Storm discovers a plot that could destroy the global economy bringing with it untold chaos and the time he has to stop it is running short. (Amazon)
|Wild Storm||Wild Storm|
(May 13, 2014)
Airliners are dropping from the sky, shot down by a terrifying futuristic weapon. The intelligence community is blindsided and scrambling for answers. The media is calling it another 9/11. (Amazon)
Derrick Storm eNovellas
|A Brewing Storm||A Brewing Storm|
When Derrick Storm needed to leave the CIA, he couldn’t just retire. He had to fake his own death. So when his former boss calls in an old favor that will bring Storm out of early retirement and back to Washington to investigate a high-profile kidnapping, he knows there must be more at stake than the life of a Senator’s son. Working alongside, but not exactly with, bombshell FBI investigator April Showers, Storm must make sense of a confusing flurry of ransom notes and a complicated web of personal relationships and international politics. He’ll get to the bottom of the kidnapping, but the storm is still brewing…
A Raging Storm
|A Raging Storm|
Days after being brought out of retirement to investigate a kidnapping, Derrick Storm has a dead US senator on his hands, an assassin to track down, and nearly six billion dollars' worth of gold bars--hidden by the Communist Party somewhere in the former USSR--to uncover. Teaming up again with FBI agent April Showers, Storm must talk to Ivan Petrov, a secretive millionaire who has ties to the assassination, coordinates for the gold, and a mole leaking information to the Russian government from within his inner circle. And while the CIA mission is getting heated, it's nothing compared to the growing sexual tension between Storm and Showers... (via Amazon) (released 3 July 2012)
|A Bloody Storm||A Bloody Storm|
The final piece of the Derrick Storm trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Richard Castle, available exclusively as an eBook short. Derrick Storm is back—this time, with a crack team of ghost CIA operatives. These former agents have all faked their own deaths and now work for the CIA on a strictly secret basis, taking on dangerous and illegal jobs the agency may not officially carry out. They're headed to the Molguzar mountains to look for sixty-billion dollars worth of gold hidden by the KGB before the collapse of the Soviet Union, and taking a perilous detour to rescue FBI agent April Showers from a sociopath torturer. But Storm's loyalties are put to the test as the mission begins to unravel into a bloody mountaintop showdown, and he and Showers must find out the hard way that their assignment may not be what they thought it was… (Amazon)
Stand Alone Stories
In a Hail of Bullets
|Richard Castle’s smash debut novel, IN A HAIL OF BULLETS introduced the world to his electrifying mix of mystery, action, and intrigue. When rookie NYPD detective David McAllister is called to a crime scene on the Upper West Side, he finds a murdered Broadway actress and a seemingly open and shut case. But when the main suspect commits suicide, McAllister senses there’s something going on and refuses to let the case go. As he digs deeper into the murder, McAllister soon finds himself hunted by the most powerful people in the city. He must solve the case quickly – or find himself the latest victim of it.|
|A Rose for Everafter||At the Blessed Sacrament School for Girls, Sister Mary Grace leads her young charges in daily Morning Prayer, asking the Lord their souls to keep. But the young women of Riverbend are starting to disappear, only to be found in shallow graves, wrapped in shrouds of white and grasping a red rose in their cold dead hands. Who could be killing the town's virgin daughters? And why is he burying them alive? When Sister Mary Grace starts investigating, she discovers a trail of evidence that leads from the local rectory to the upper echelons of the archdiocese – and ultimately to a secretive organization whose provenance may be very far from godly.|
|Hell Hath No Fury||Taking a sabbatical from his college teaching job, Adam Parel has moved his family to the remote Oregon town of Jessup to finish his first novel. At first, Jessup seems ideal. Adam’s wife and sons make friends quickly and there’s enough quiet for Adam to get his work done. But as he researches his new hometown, Adam becomes convinced there’s something sinister going on beneath Jessup’s peaceful façade. People have gone missing here for decades and Adam eventually discovers the horrifying reason why: an obsessive cult that will stop at nothing to keep their sacred region ‘pure.’ As Adam struggles to escape with his family, he soon finds himself hunted by bloodthirsty fanatics for whom killing is the only way of living.|
|Flowers for Your Grave||Four murders in and the NYPD are still desperate for a lead on the serial killer that the tabloids are calling ‘The Florist.’ Struggling journalist Leroy Fine knows if he cracked this story he could get back everything he’s lost – his job, his wife, his self-respect. So when Leroy uncovers a piece of evidence the cops have overlooked, he begins his own private investigation into the twisted and deadly world of The Florist. But as Leroy gets closer to discovering the killer’s identity, he soon realizes he’s put himself and everyone he loves in mortal danger. Now Leroy must decipher the Florist’s riddles and unmask his identity… or end up the latest flower-covered corpse on the Ledger’s front page.|
|At Dusk We Die||Still residing in the same tiny Texas town where he grew up, Ben Meltzer’s life in a peaceful one. He runs the local drugstore and has a growing family with his high school sweetheart. So when the Satan’s Creed motorcycle gang drive into town, he hardly pays them any mind. But after the entire town is ravaged by the Creed in a single night, he and his family are forced to flee for their lives and pray for the dawn. Because the Satan’s Creed are no ordinary biker gang – they’re ravenous vampires come to feed. As Ben attempts to keep his family safe, he quickly realizes that he must fight back – or watch as his family becomes fodder for nightmares come to life.|
|A Skull at Springtime||Looking for a way to pay for her college after her father’s death, Rachel Lyons is spending the summer planting trees in the clearcut forests of remote Washington. It’s a lucrative but lonely job and Rachel soon finds the monotony draining. That is, until she stumbles a half-buried skeleton deep in the woods – a discovery that leads her to uncover an entire field of corpses. When Rachel’s attempts to contact authorities are thwarted, it quickly becomes clear that she isn’t alone out here. As she struggles to escape back to civilization, Rachel must struggle to stay alive or risk becoming yet another one of the skeletons beneath the dirt.|
|When It Comes to Slaughter||The neo-hippie community of Fair Haven, Vermont, had never experienced a single murder in its nearly 40-year history – until one moonless night a week ago, when five members of the Akin family were brutally hacked to death and found hanging from meat hooks. Suddenly, the town’s tiny two-man police force – Chief Derek Olson and Deputy Ana Ruiz – find themselves thrust into a nightmare world. They wrestle with a dearth of evidence and a populace becoming more paranoid by the second as rumors abound of a scarecrow-like creature with hatchets for hands prowling the countryside. When a second family is butchered in the same gruesome fashion, Olson and Ruiz begin to suspect that many of their townsfolk are not the radical peaceniks they claim to be – the majority, in fact, harbor dark, violent pasts that may finally be coming home to roost.|
|Kissed and Killed||Rookie detective Alexandra Jones grew up fast in the mean streets of the Bronx. But nothing could prepare her for the spate of murders currently plaguing the five boroughs: Someone is killing the city’s richest men by cutting off their tongues and – in a final coup de grace – lopping off their privates. Jones’ street-smart investigative skills soon lead her to the dark underbelly of the fashion industry, where beauty is a commodity easily bought and sold. It becomes clear that the killer is amongst those tossed aside after their youth has been used and abused. But as she sinks deeper into the fashion underworld, Jones discovers she’s become the latest target in the killer’s quest. Can she uncover the murderer in time or will she end up as yet another victim of their lethal rage?|
|Death of a Prom Queen||Just a week away from her high school graduation, valedictorian Cassie Evans can’t wait to get out of her boring small town of Saltee, North Carolina. But after the prom queen turns up dead in the school swimming pool, a knife sticking out of her back, Saltee quickly becomes far from boring. When two more seniors are murdered the next day, it’s clear that someone is taking out Cassie’s graduating class. The entire town is swiftly torn apart, as fear and suspicion erupts into violence. As Cassie tries to discover the killer by digging into the lives of her neighbors, she soon finds that everyone has something to hide. But can Cassie uncover the killer’s secret before she becomes the last living senior in Saltee?|
|One Bullet One Heart||Over the last decade, psychologist Norma Kent has treated the full gamut of mentally unstable patients. But no one has ever shaken her to the core like Jason Reese. A former juvenile offender who served time for shooting his girlfriend, Jason is pure alpha male – all untrammeled ego and hormonal drive, with nary a trace of remorse. So when eligible young ladies start showing up dead – with a single bullet through their hearts – Dr. Kent can’t help but suspect her most notorious patient, particularly when he starts complaining that all the dates he’s had lately have been bloody disasters – and he’s got the scratches and scars to prove it. As Norma starts to look into Josh, the killer starts to focus his attention on her. Is it merely coincidence or has Josh returned to his homicidal ways? Can Norma discover the true identity of the killer in time or will she find herself the next victim of this high-caliber heartbreaker?|
For the first time anywhere, Castle's hero, Derrick Storm, comes to life in the pages of this all-new graphic novel. This "adaptation" of Derrick Storm's first novel takes our hero from the gritty world of the private eye all the way to the globe-hopping intrigue of the CIA.
The sequel to the critically acclaimed, best-selling graphic novel Richard Castle's Deadly Storm! In this "adaptation" of Derrick Storm's second novel, the private investigator is hired to bug the hotel suite of an African head of state - but what should have been a routine mission quickly spirals out of control when Storm overhears a woman's terrifying scream on the wire. Plagued by the victim's helpless cry, Storm - despite an ominous warning - investigates. Soon, he'll discover an international conspiracy reaching further than he ever imagined - and perhaps the truth about Clara Strike, a CIA agent the world thinks is dead! Richard Castle's Storm Season reunites the lauded writing duo of Brian Michael Bendis and Kelly Sue DeConnick (Richard Castle's Deadly Storm) for their second Castle story, and the dynamic artwork of rising star Emanuela Lupacchino (X-Factor) brings the world of Derrick Storm to life like never before. (via Amazon)
|A Calm Before Storm|
Derrick Storm's gruesome discovery draws him into an international spectacle! Who is the Fear? What does he want with Derrick? And why is Derrick's father next on his hit list? As the international situation in New York continues to degrade, Derrick reaches out to the one person who may be able to help him: his former handler, Clara Strike. But even if she responds, will she be with him or against him? With the city of Moscow teetering on the verge of a meltdown, Derrick faces the Fear in final battle. Can he prevent World War III - and finally avenge his mother? Don't miss the espionage thriller that has comic-book and Castle fans raving! (Amazon)
Derrick Storm is back. And he has a new, deadly case to solve. When the daughters of four high-powered international businessmen are discovered dead in NY, the NYPD scrambles to bring the murderer to justice. But when a fifth girl is found mutilated in a pool of her own blood, her prestigious French family hires Derrick Storm to run his own investigation and find the real killer. Storm has only one lead - a strange symbol drawn in blood. Storm enlists the help of the beautiful and daring Clara Strike, his CIA handler. Together they uncover a deep web of deception under the guise of mysticism and devotion. And in a race against time, this most unlikely pair unlock a mystery capable of creating global catastrophe!
Book synopses and covers gleaned from the Marvel graphic novel publication of Deadly Storm and from richardcastle.net. Publication dates are for actual hardcover first editions according to Amazon.
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