The Chef

The Chef

A Very Tasty Thriller

Book - 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: First edition
ISBN: 9781538714904
9780316453301
Branch Call Number: PATT
Characteristics: 383 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: DiLallo, Max

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cms1956
Mar 05, 2020

I’m a great James Patterson fan, however I was very disappointed with this book. I found the main characters to be superficial and the whole plot somewhat unbelievable. The only exception is the recipes included at the end of the book. Now these I like!!

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maryesp59
Jan 05, 2020

Poor writing style. I tried to read this, got through 100 pages, and was unable to finish it. I liked JP 15+ yrs. ago but got tired of his formula.

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MillieBT
Oct 13, 2019

Awful not even worth turning the pages

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brangwinn
Sep 17, 2019

What a fun book! New Orleans, a well-known former policeman, now a food truck chef, and a mystery. What more could a reader want. And of course, James Patterson dishes out an exciting story. If nothing else, you’re going to crave some New Orleans food when the book is finished.

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Eil_1
Aug 14, 2019

I started this book, and wasn't enthralled by it. I read the reviews (mostly negative) and decided that I'd rather trade it in for a book with more 'teeth'. I also agree that Patterson's books have become less than excellent - miss his old writing style.

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jlittrell
Aug 02, 2019

The main character is great! Anyone who enjoys reading mystery novels will not be able to put this one down until the last exciting chapter.

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Brisfree11
Jul 26, 2019

Very commercial, I knew the ending by chapter 3....a fair read, a put you to sleeper book.
Don't misunderstand, love Patterson's books-especially the older works. A read and not thinking book.

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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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