Castle is having trouble finishing his latest book, “Naked Heat.” Catchy title, right? He’s been avoiding the phone calls of his publisher/ex-wife, Gina, like the plague. Castle is also bummed to learn that Alexis is bailing on their weekend plans in the Hamptons to start a summer program at Princeton. The fact that his little girl will be staying in a coed dorm certainly doesn’t cushion the blow.
Time for Plan B – as in Beckett! Yes, Castle asks her to join him for a getaway weekend at the beach. Beckett believes he’s working awfully hard to see her in a swimsuit. Castle begs to differ. He says, “If you are not comfortable in a swimsuit, you can just skinny dip.” He’s so thoughtful. He’s also out of luck since Beckett is still dating Detective Tom Demming and, of course, there’s a murder that needs solving.
Roger Farraday is a player in a high-end fantasy spy game. Correction: He “was” a player. Farraday is shot dead in a park. At the Spy Ventures office, Hugo Morrison, the employee who acted as Farraday’s handler, says his last mission was a bus locker drop with a player named Andrea Fisher. Long Island housewife Andrea says that their joint mission was the first time she’d ever met the victim and that afterwards, Farraday told her he had an additional mission to deliver a briefcase.
Castle and Beckett discover the briefcase was not part of the Spy Ventures game. Hugo Morrison was selling fake ID’s for side money and used the unwitting Farraday to make his delivery. After the mission, Farraday called to say that a dark sedan was following him, but Hugo thought he was just being paranoid. But it’s not paranoia if someone’s really after you.