The Chef

The Chef

Large Print - 2019
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Police detective by day, celebrity food truck chef by night, now Caleb Rooney has a new title: Most Wanted. In the Carnival days leading up Mardi Gras, Detective Caleb Rooney comes under investigation for a murder he is accused of committing in the line of duty--as a Major Crimes detective for the New Orleans Police Department. Has his sideline at the Killer Chef food truck given him a taste for murder? While fighting the charges against him, Rooney makes a pair of unthinkable discoveries. His beloved city is under threat of attack. And these would-be terrorists may be local.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9780316532327
0316532320
Branch Call Number: FICTION Pat
Description: 544 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: DiLallo, Max

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In the Carnival days leading up Mardi Gras, Detective Caleb Rooney comes under investigation for a murder he is accused of committing in the line of duty - as a Major Crimes detective for the New Orleans Police Department. Has his sideline at the Killer Chef food truck given him a taste for murde... Read More »


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IrishLassie10
Jun 20, 2019

Very disappointed. Not up to JP standards. I might try some of the recipes so it won't be a total waste of time.

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DT_kcls
Apr 28, 2019

‘The Chef’ poses an interesting problem to review. I enjoyed the plot of solving the threat/mystery, but it's overshadowed by romance and food. It's a very odd combination, especially for James Patterson and Max DiLallo.

I found the writing exceptionally simplistic (and am pretty insulted by it), with far too much repetition. How many times should we read that ‘The Chef’ is on his own, that he's running out of time, that it's his city he's trying to save, that stakeouts are miserable, that the FBI is mean to the locals (eyeroll), that he's attracted to another man's wife and shouldn't be? Yawn.

On the other hand, Patterson/DiLallo did write a great travel/food guide to New Orleans. The problem is I wanted to read a novel, not a travel or food guide and the New Orleans tour was simply not integrated well into the story nor does it become part of the story. They should contact Linda Fairstein to learn how she weaves New York, it's neighborhoods and history into a novel.

Also, ‘The Chef’ I imagined is not the blonde frat boy looking person they describe. I imagine a big man, dark haired, a bit scruffy and scarred from life as a cop. My favorite character is the put upon, straight talking ex-wife, Marlene.

3 stars, given with generosity because I think the lead character has potential IF Patterson and to whomever he assigns/allows to write the next chapter focuses on one thing and does it well, whether food, city guide, romance or mystery. But really, lose the food/travel guide, please.

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pterry25
Apr 11, 2019

Hang in there past the first 100+ pages. Downside - Black people are just droplets in this novel about a City where the Black population is better than 60%. Best part - towards the end. The description of car chases and other actions around New Orleans - fun to read.

I think I'd like to see the next book. Maybe the authors will find a way to raise the Black population awareness level.

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BLACKSQUIRREL_1
Apr 05, 2019

I like JP because of his to the point writing style. This wasn't it...such detailed descriptions of everything. I just kept wishing he'd just get on with it. Not a fan of the main character. Not sure I'd read further books with the chef.

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JohnElwayJr7
Apr 01, 2019

This is the style of book that has a lot of twist and turns. But unfortunately they where all to obvious. I love all James Patterson's I have read, but this is definitely not his best.

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DORBS
Mar 26, 2019

I wish I had read some of the reviews before trying to read this book.
Not a James Patterson usual offering.
Although it starts well, much of the action is just not believable.
My simple summation is that it is crap.

And here I thought only 'good' books were picked for 'Fast Read'.
No stars from me.

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writermala
Mar 22, 2019

This book is impossible even improbable. So why did I read it in its entirety? Because I don't believe in starting a book and not finishing it. Caleb Rooney is a cop who is facing trial for a murder in the line of duty. He is so upset that he quits his job. He continues his job as "Killer Chef," where he dishes out tasty food from a truck. He comes to believe that his beloved city of New Orleans could well be under the threat of terrorism right during Mardi Gras. That's when the impossibility starts. Rooney singlehandedly outsmarts the FBI, the New Orleans Police Department and their SWAT teams, the a national guard and in the face of insurmountable odds saves the city. If you like a larger than life hero who comes out ahead, you will like this book but if you want your book to be realistic don't even start this one.

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wiffy1969
Mar 22, 2019

Would not finish the book, to me, it was the worst book written by my favorite author. No star rating

OPL_KrisC Mar 06, 2019

A fun and action-packed start to a new James Patterson series set in New Orleans.

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nannianni
Feb 28, 2019

Disappointing. Did Patterson actually write any of this?

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