Oh. This is going to get confusing. Because when it comes to Richard Castle and his books, the lines between reality and fiction get extremely convoluted.
Richard Castle is a character on the TV show Castle. He's a world-famous author of action thrillers along the lines of James Bond and looking for a new direction for his work. Enter NYPD detective Kate Beckett, who becomes his inspiration for a new female detective character.
That's part of the fiction.
The reality comes in with the real publication of Castle's books based on Beckett - the Nikki Heat series. These are actual mystery books you can actually buy and read, although the author is listed as the fictional Richard Castle. The books are part of the plots in Castle at times, taking the real books into the fictional world.
So in the TV world, the books are real. In our world, at least the Nikki Heat books are real. And they're starting to make real Derrick Storm books.
No matter what is real and what isn't, the Richard Castle books you can actually buy and read are pretty fun, especially if you're a fan of the show. The humor and interaction of the characters feels much more real when you've been listening to it every Monday night for a while.
(Photo Credits: All images on this page are either book covers or promotional stills and photos from ABC.)