Richard Castle is a bestselling author responsible for the Derrick Storm series of novels. The son of Martha Rodgers and Jackson Hunt, Castle was born in 1969. He never knew his father and he would often say that he had many father figures as a child, a reference to all the men that Martha brought into their home. She often told him that she never knew who his father was, a lie that allowed Richard Castle to build fantasies about the perfect father.
Order of Derrick Storm Series
|1||A Brewing Storm (Short Story)||2012||Description / Buy|
|2||A Raging Storm (Short Story)||2012||Description / Buy|
|3||A Bloody Storm (Short Story)||2012||Description / Buy|
|4||Storm Front||2013||Description / Buy|
|5||Wild Storm||2014||Description / Buy|
Order of Nikki Heat Series
|1||Heat Wave||2008||Description / Buy|
|2||Naked Heat||2010||Description / Buy|
|3||Heat Rises||2011||Description / Buy|
|4||Frozen Heat||2012||Description / Buy|
|5||Deadly Heat||2013||Description / Buy|
|6||Raging Heat||2014||Description / Buy|
|7||Driving Heat||2015||Description / Buy|
|8||High Heat||2016||Description / Buy|
|9||Heat Storm||2017||Description / Buy|
Order of Derrick Storm Graphic Novels Series
Castle’s mother initially enjoyed a successful career in entertainment, and her lifestyle and antics were such that Castle grew accustomed to taking care of her, primarily because she was always falling into trouble of one sort or another.
Richard Castle wrote a lot as a child. The author had an affinity for thrillers and produced numerous short stories, many of which scared his friends witless. Castle quickly realized that he had the ability to manipulate the emotions of his readers which, in turn, should have put him on the path to becoming a storyteller.
However, once he entered his teens, Castle’s interest in reading and writing waned. The author was always getting into trouble, and it wasn’t until he went to Edgewyck Academy that his love for writing was ignited once more. Castle has often imputed his success to an editor he met at Edgewyck who encouraged him to pursue his writing and even mentored him throughout the process.
The author wrote his first book while in college. In a Hail of Bullets was rejected a painful number of times before Castle finally landed a publisher. Even though the book was a bestseller, Castle blew through the money he made in a matter of months and was forced to throw another novel together in order to fix his finances.
Richard Castle writes thrillers, most of them revolving around gruff heroes and sultry heroines with unrivaled intelligence and physical abilities. The author often does very extensive research before launching new series, usually by finding professionals in the espionage or law enforcement field that he can shadow in order to get a better understanding of their world.
Richard Castle Awards
Castle is a recipient of the Tom Straw Mystery Literature Award from the Nom Deplume Society.
Best Richard Castle Books
Richard Castle hit the ground running with his first book, and he hasn’t slowed down since, with some of the best books in the author’s bibliography including the following:
Heat Wave: Nikki Heat is a New York Police Department Detective with a complicated work situation. Her ride along, a journalist by the names of Jameson Rook, not only brings so much more to the table than she expected, but the sparks flying between them are impossible to ignore.
Meanwhile, there is a litany of cases that Nikki must solve, this including a dead real estate tycoon, a trophy wife with a dangerous past and a wealthy family with a whole host of secrets.
Heat Wave, the first novel in the Nikki Heat series, has been described as fluff and funny literature. Nikki Heat’s story begins with the death of Mathew Starr, a New York Real Estate agent who fell from his balcony. Mathew made many an enemy when he was alive, so it doesn’t take the authorities long to conclude that he was murdered.
Nikki Heat has already proven that she is a pretty competent detective, so she is put on the case. However, finding a dangerous murderer this time around won’t be easy, not when Nikki has a nosy journalist following her wherever she goes.
Naked Heat: When a gossip columnist is stabbed to death and the case leaves a trail that drags an actor and a Yankee pitcher into the mix, Nikki Heat is put on the case, followed closely by reporter Jameson Rook.
The second novel in the Nikki Heat series is pretty straight forward. Like the first one, someone is murdered, Nikki and Jameson are put on the case; they follow the clues and try to avoid all the pointed innuendoes they keep exchanging.
This novel delves deeper into the lives of the characters. Richard Castle provides some insight into reporter Jameson Rook’s career, specifically the fact that he sometimes ghost writes romance novels.
It also revealed that Nikki is an avid fan of Jameson’s romance fiction and she has read everything he has ever written.