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Deadly heat
Castle, Richard
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Richard Edgar "Rick" Castle (born Richard Alexander Rodgers is a fictional character portrayed by Nathan Fillion in the ABC crime series Castle. The light-hearted rich mystery novelist helps the NYPD solve crimes, especially romantic interest, hard-working serious detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), who inspires fictional heroine Nikki Heat. Castle is a fictional author in a fictional world, with an official website to promote real books about Nikki Heat and Derrick Storm, by secret writers, rumored to include Tom Straw and Brad Parks. Castle is the father of Alexis Castle and the son of Martha Rodgers (who both live with him) and a CIA operative who would later use the alias "Jackson Hunt". Castle's birth name is Richard Alexander Rodgers, but he changed it to Richard Edgar Castle when he became a writer (Edgar in honor of Edgar Allan Poe). As a child, he never knew who his father was reasoning that he never missed having a father and it allowed him to imagine that his father could be anyone. He also claims to have been kicked out of all of New York's finer academic institutions at least once, and to have picked up speed reading while spending his days as a child in the New York Public Library. Castle has been married and divorced twice. He has sole custody of his daughter, Alexis. As a result of his own experiences being raised by a nanny, he insisted on raising her himself, made easier by the fact that he works from his large apartment shared with his mother. Alexis sometimes seems more mature and responsible than her father. Castle also plays regular poker games with fellow authors James Patterson, Stephen J. Cannell, Michael Connelly, and Dennis Lehane. In the fifth season, Castle finally meets his father (portrayed by James Brolin), whom he learns is a spy when he helps him rescue Alexis when she was kidnapped. A Russian enemy of Castle's father seeks revenge for the Russian's murdered wife, so he kidnaps Alexis to lure him out. His father has been checking in on him, his mom, and Alexis their whole lives. Castle is an author of mystery fiction, with 26 bestsellers. His first novel, In a Hail of Bullets, accrued at least 21 rejections before being accepted by a publisher and winning the Nom DePlume Society's Tom Straw Award for Mystery Literature. His most popular works are a series starring "Derrick Storm"; Gathering Storm, Unholy Storm, Storm's Last Stand, Storm Season, Storm Rising, Storm Warning, and Storm's Break and in the pilot episode, Castle attends a party for the release of the final book in the Storm series, Stormfall. His other books include Death of a Prom Queen, Flowers For Your Grave, Hell Hath No Fury, A Skull at Springtime, At Dusk We Die, When It Comes to Slaughter, and A Rose for Everafter. His title Deadly Heat made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013 and is based on NYPD detective Kate Beckett. (Bowker Author Biography)

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