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I liked this book - a lot. It is intended to be much like the TV series, and it is. If you like the TV series, you will probably like the books. A previous reviewer said it is ???fast-paced, cute, and cliched.??? He is correct; it is. He meant it in a bad way, but I mean it in a good way. I don???t think that being fast-paced or cute needs to be apologized for. If you don???t like fast-paced and cute, fine. I realize that tastes differ.
But let???s talk about his last criticism: cliched. That is always meant negatively, but the reviewer fails to acknowledge that the vast majority of genre fiction is cliched. The romance and crime fiction genres have the strictist plot constraints and therefore most frequently fall into cliche, but even the science fiction, fantasy, and literary genres have their cliches. It is true that the very best books in any genre transcend cliche, but the vast majority do not. Generally, it is not a question of whether a book is cliched but whether it does a good job within it???s genre or sub-genre. I think this book does a good job within its sub-genre.
I think that the reviewer who complained that this book was too cute and cliched perfers the sub-genre of crime fiction which is darker and meaner. He was looking for Noir and this wasn???t it.
I wish I knew who was really writing these books, because if I knew, I would go out and buy his other stuff.
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Heat Rises is Book 3 in the nine novel Detective Nikki Heat. The series which is of unknown authorship, is based upon the ABC Castle TV series. In the series the fictional Richard Castle is a writer who, with the mayor's permission, follows Detective Kate Beckett around supposedly looking for good modern detective plot ideas. The best genre is likely cozy mysteries.
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