The Chef
In the new stand-alone thriller from the World's Bestselling author comes a 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. As crowds of revelers gather, Rooney follows a fearsome trail of clues, racing from outlying districts into city center. He has no idea what-or who-he'll face in defense of his beloved hometown, only that innocent lives are at stake.

The Chef Details

TitleThe Chef
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 18th, 2019
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
ISBN-139780316453301
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction

The Chef Review

  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    Expanding on their successful BookShot in the same series, James Patterson and Max DiLallo return to New Orleans and the delicious antics of Caleb Rooney. When he is not operating his high-end food truck alongside his ex-wife, Caleb Rooney is working hard for the NOPD. At least he was until he was stripped of his badge after an excessive force complaint. Focussing all his time on the food business, Caleb is still forced to keep a lookout for those who may hold a grudge. When he learns that the F Expanding on their successful BookShot in the same series, James Patterson and Max DiLallo return to New Orleans and the delicious antics of Caleb Rooney. When he is not operating his high-end food truck alongside his ex-wife, Caleb Rooney is working hard for the NOPD. At least he was until he was stripped of his badge after an excessive force complaint. Focussing all his time on the food business, Caleb is still forced to keep a lookout for those who may hold a grudge. When he learns that the FBI’s in town, following up on chatter about a potential terrorist attack, Caleb is sought out by his former chief to work off the radar to help protect the city. The plan appears to be tied to an attack at Mardi Gras, when the city comes to life and the casualty count can be highest. As he begins to investigate, Caleb finds some interesting threads the Feds have overlooked. He’s also been targeted a few times by attacks, in hopes of tossing him off the trail. Undeterred, Caleb works to help foil the plan, but finds that every suspect leads to a dead end. During the investigation, Caleb’s attention is caught by a local competitor’s wife. He knows the dangers, but Caleb find himself unable to resist, which only adds a larger target to his own back. It is only when the Feds discover what has been going on that the trouble really begins, forcing Caleb to choose between his civilian limits and protecting the city he loves. In a powerhouse novel that is just as good as its prequel BookShot, Patterson and DiLallo prove that they are a wonderful team. Recommended to those who enjoy thrillers with a delectable twist—and not of lemon—this is a story not to be dismissed.I took a gamble on this latest Patterson novel, hoping that it would follow in the footsteps of its prequel. Not only was the writing of a high caliber, but I could not get enough of all the delicious dishes whose mention pepper the narrative. Caleb Rooney is as sharp as the knives used to make his various creations. Able to think on his feet and concoct dishes and plans of attack on his feet, the reader will soon discover that he is a complex and relatable character in equal measure. Like many civilian protagonists in this genre, it is curiosity and gumption that fuels his personal fire and keeps him from letting go, even in the face of adversity. Surrounded by interesting supporting characters, the story develops at a quick pace but never loses its momentum. With great discussion of the setting (New Orleans at Mardi Gras) and great sounding dishes, the story has many points of interest to keep the reader interested. With a mix of short and longer chapters, the story pulls the reader in and offers much throughout its development. I can only hope that Patterson and DiLallo take note of the wonderful writing they have done and help create a series out of this, which may help the former author churn out better novels, rather than the sausage factory of unknown quality that sells simply because of the JP emblazoned across the cover. Kudos, Messrs. Patterson and DiLallo, for this great piece of work. I can only hope you see a winner, which is sure to garner the literary equivalent to mass publication Michelin stars.Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    I found this one to be a better salespitch for New Orleans and it's food than a thriller. I found that I kept getting pissed off at the main character a loooot. Such as (spoilers)1 - You're not a cop anymore, you can't do cop stuff. Of course people shouldn't cooperate with you, you have no authority. Your risks and actions are stupid. You deserve to be beat up.2 - Why are you being given the job of 'saving' New Orleans? Is every other federal agent and cop an idiot...apparently. 3 - SHE'S MARRI I found this one to be a better salespitch for New Orleans and it's food than a thriller. I found that I kept getting pissed off at the main character a loooot. Such as (spoilers)1 - You're not a cop anymore, you can't do cop stuff. Of course people shouldn't cooperate with you, you have no authority. Your risks and actions are stupid. You deserve to be beat up.2 - Why are you being given the job of 'saving' New Orleans? Is every other federal agent and cop an idiot...apparently. 3 - SHE'S MARRIED. Stop pursuing her you scumbag. Don't care that you later figure it out. Gross4 - I am not a cop. But from what I know of being a cop, it is a fairly demanding and full-time job where downtime is at a premium. So how do you have time to balance being a very high end detective (Major Crimes) and being half-owner/main chef for a booming food truck. Rant complete
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  • Kay
    January 1, 1970
    DNF : 68%This is a review of audio book version, I didn't like this book, didn't enjoy it at all. I wasted close to 7 hours listening to this. Maybe interactive FB messenger was good, not this.
  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    Highly entertaining story about a chef/detective as he gets fully caught up in a terrorist scenario in New Orleans. I actually found Caleb and the plot intriguing with a nice flow to the story. Not sure if this is going to be a series or standalone but I would continue it if it does become a series. My quick and simple: entertaining with a great pace.
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  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    I did not enjoy this book. The second star I gave for myself just for finishing it. I think this style of story through Facebook Messenger is an interesting idea, but it was the telling of it that I didn’t like. The writing seemed amateur and there were many plots holes that didn’t get filled. Nothing flowed well and it just didn’t grab me. I also didn’t care for the actor in the videos, not a good choice. One of the problems with this type of telling is it may clash with what my mind has conjur I did not enjoy this book. The second star I gave for myself just for finishing it. I think this style of story through Facebook Messenger is an interesting idea, but it was the telling of it that I didn’t like. The writing seemed amateur and there were many plots holes that didn’t get filled. Nothing flowed well and it just didn’t grab me. I also didn’t care for the actor in the videos, not a good choice. One of the problems with this type of telling is it may clash with what my mind has conjured up. That’s the fun part of reading a book for me, picturing the characters the way I want to. I can’t recommmend this book because it just wasn’t very good. Better luck with the next one.
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  • Val
    January 1, 1970
    This stand-alone should go stand alone... in the bad book corner.
  • Sharon Huether
    January 1, 1970
    A great story of a cop trying to clear his name in a murder in the line to duty.He has a second job, which he really loves is cooking meals in a "food Coach"; New Orleans style.He's a crowd pleaser with all the delectable sandwiches and dishes he prepares.Meanwhile he has his eyes on the City, trying to stop the bad guys from a terrorist plot during the Mardi Gras activities.I loved all the action.
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  • Jimmy Aboussie
    January 1, 1970
    In my opinion: No. 15% action, 85% love stuff with a married woman. Patterson handed this one off because it is not in the style he writes and the book is just not a page turner as his usually are. Disappointed. BUT that is my opinion. Read for yourself and I’ll be curious as to what you think of it.
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  • Bridget
    January 1, 1970
    The list of reasons this book is rubbish would use up the entire 19931 characters I have left to review it. Suffice to say, it is sexist, full of racial stereotypes, unbelievable - but you know sometimes that doesn't really matter, like in a Lee Child book. I bought it for school, I don't think the young men I work with deserve this rubbish!
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  • Laura Rash
    January 1, 1970
    Very good! I’m hoping this is a whole new series that continues for quite awhile. It’s fresh and unique for JP.
  • Gerri
    January 1, 1970
    Do they have therapy for readers who constantly go back to authors who continue to disappoint them????? If so, I sure need one. Like Liar, Liar I cannot find much to like about this book. The story line was drawn out far too long and first quarter of the book was sooooo slow. That should have told me to put it down and move on to something with some substance. The main character was, in my opinion, an ego-maniac, former super cop turned chef who really got on my nerves with his super-hero attitu Do they have therapy for readers who constantly go back to authors who continue to disappoint them????? If so, I sure need one. Like Liar, Liar I cannot find much to like about this book. The story line was drawn out far too long and first quarter of the book was sooooo slow. That should have told me to put it down and move on to something with some substance. The main character was, in my opinion, an ego-maniac, former super cop turned chef who really got on my nerves with his super-hero attitude. Many of his interactions with law enforcement, especially the FBI were beyond ludicrous. I sure can’t recommend this book but if you’re a hardened Patterson fan you’ll probably love it.
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  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    While the idea of a cop/detective who is also a food truck chef is intriguing, and is the reason I picked this up, the cool idea wasn't enough to carry this book. It'll be successful, sure it has James Patterson's name on it. But it's just kind of boring and cliche. Tropey. There are some moments when the "foodie" part of this book take center stage for a bit...and then it's kind of fun for a bit but then that goes away. All you're left with is a bland stereotypical cast of characters, a lame ey While the idea of a cop/detective who is also a food truck chef is intriguing, and is the reason I picked this up, the cool idea wasn't enough to carry this book. It'll be successful, sure it has James Patterson's name on it. But it's just kind of boring and cliche. Tropey. There are some moments when the "foodie" part of this book take center stage for a bit...and then it's kind of fun for a bit but then that goes away. All you're left with is a bland stereotypical cast of characters, a lame eye-roll inducing "romance", and samey, paint by numbers writing and plot. Disappointing.
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  • Corinne
    January 1, 1970
    Feb 2019Not great writing and a weak plot.
  • Sherry Wessman
    January 1, 1970
    MY LAST JAMES PATTERSON BOOK!I don't know why I keep buying these. Every time I say to myself, this one will be better.But they never are. He's lost it. I think he's stopped trying. He'll put his name on anything. Stand alone book that part's right. I can't imagine a series of this ego-maniac. Supercop, Killer Chief, homewrecker.
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  • Deb
    January 1, 1970
    Just an average book. Wish that Mr. Patterson would get his spark back and write the way he did years ago.
  • Donna Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    Well, my husband liked the book: Mardi Gras, tons of great food, jazz, and a chef who gobbles jalapeño peppers while he cooks! As for me, I couldn’t get past the very thin unbelievable plot, trite phases (“Never a cop around when you need one.” “It’s all up to me.”), and the appalling attempt at romance... But I got what I expected.
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  • Rick
    January 1, 1970
    What can I say. The story was too drawn out trying to get the reader to know characters that were real cardboard. Would probably have been a better story about 100 pages shorter. The writing was a best ok but just did not bring the story to life and sometimes made me wonder what was really the story.Usually I find Patterson's work enjoyable if nothing else. This time, while the concept was interesting, reading it was burdensome. The best I can say about this book is 'so what'. I was very disappo What can I say. The story was too drawn out trying to get the reader to know characters that were real cardboard. Would probably have been a better story about 100 pages shorter. The writing was a best ok but just did not bring the story to life and sometimes made me wonder what was really the story.Usually I find Patterson's work enjoyable if nothing else. This time, while the concept was interesting, reading it was burdensome. The best I can say about this book is 'so what'. I was very disappointed.
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  • Jacqui
    January 1, 1970
    Really cool format through FB messenger. Story kept me interested until the last chapter.
  • Cleo Baker-roberts
    January 1, 1970
    I barely made it through this one and it left me wondering if I can blindly trust every book with the "James Patterson" name on it! Seriously!The first-person narrative can be used masterfully; however, in this volume it is merely tiresome. How many times can you, as a Reader, put up with reading every little nuance of "self-talk" in the main character's head? Lemme tell ya, these pages held "I," "I," "I" about a million too many times as the main character, New Orleans Police Detective/Chef Cal I barely made it through this one and it left me wondering if I can blindly trust every book with the "James Patterson" name on it! Seriously!The first-person narrative can be used masterfully; however, in this volume it is merely tiresome. How many times can you, as a Reader, put up with reading every little nuance of "self-talk" in the main character's head? Lemme tell ya, these pages held "I," "I," "I" about a million too many times as the main character, New Orleans Police Detective/Chef Caleb Rooney talks himself and the Reader through every agonizing step of his super-hero antics as he seems to be THE answer to saving New Orleans, the Mardi Gras and humanity from sure destruction. He's also not a rocket scientist ~ not even close ~ and the dialogue seems to come from a novice writer. This wouldn't be a problem if the book didn't bear a $28.00 price tag! Geesch!I made myself finish this one, hoping (as a long-time Patterson fan) there would be some wisp of salvation to all the ink on the pages ~ in my opinion, NOT!So, I think the morale of this review is, "Don't trust everything a famous person ~ regardless of who it is ~ has put their name on because sometimes you have to wonder if the Big Guy even bothered to personally read the manuscript!" (Sorry, Mr. Patterson, but this was indeed a real disappointment!)
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  • Iesha Nance
    January 1, 1970
    I read both the book and the Facebook Messenger version, which was unique and interactive; allowing the reader to have visuals, videos, audio, and images for some of the scenes and letting the reader choose to view evidence and other content. I read the book before reading the Facebook Messenger version and thought that the Facebook Messenger version did skip around some, leaving gaps in the story, but naturally, it was only 34 Chapters, while the actual book had 90-something. I found the story I read both the book and the Facebook Messenger version, which was unique and interactive; allowing the reader to have visuals, videos, audio, and images for some of the scenes and letting the reader choose to view evidence and other content. I read the book before reading the Facebook Messenger version and thought that the Facebook Messenger version did skip around some, leaving gaps in the story, but naturally, it was only 34 Chapters, while the actual book had 90-something. I found the story entertaining, well written, a little long, but overall, pretty decent. I did not read the 0.5 prequel before this book and am kind of curious about it, so I might go back and read it.
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  • Ashley (bookworm84)
    January 1, 1970
    Considering this is a Patterson book, this book took me way too long to read. I found the book dragged and the plot was too unbelievable. The main character is a cop who quit his job, yet despite not having his cop credentials, he goes around New Orleans playing hero and solving the crimes while the cops, FBI and SWAT get nothing accomplished.Like the majority of Patterson's main characters, the MC can do no wrong and is all knowing. I am not a cop but I don't think that cops get a whole lot of Considering this is a Patterson book, this book took me way too long to read. I found the book dragged and the plot was too unbelievable. The main character is a cop who quit his job, yet despite not having his cop credentials, he goes around New Orleans playing hero and solving the crimes while the cops, FBI and SWAT get nothing accomplished.Like the majority of Patterson's main characters, the MC can do no wrong and is all knowing. I am not a cop but I don't think that cops get a whole lot of downtime where they have time to run a food truck. I had a hard time buying the cop by day, food truck owner/chef by night thing. I say this every time I read a new Patterson release but I think I'm actually going to stick to it now. I haven't really enjoyed Patterson's new books over the past few years. Perhaps it's time that I give him up as an author I follow.
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  • Steven Esformes
    January 1, 1970
    Drivel is the only word I can think of to describe the contrived, forced and silly premise of this story.
  • Victor The Reader
    January 1, 1970
    I like the premise of a ex cop turned chef, yet it still feels cheap and familiar from Patterson’s other works but worth a reread (Grade: B-).
  • Gail
    January 1, 1970
    A good mystery story that takes place during Mardi Gras. I had a hard time getting into the story but it finally became interesting.
  • Julie Garner
    January 1, 1970
    Fast paced and action packed.
  • Cooper
    January 1, 1970
    Really disappointed, not only in the poor writing but also the author's ask that the reader suspend all disbelief. I could only make it to page 110 before I just couldn't take it anymore.Usually I can rely on a James Patterson book to provide entertainment for my flight or relaxing pool side. But this one, all I could give it was an hour before I was so irritated by the characters and the writing that I had to put it down.Where to start. First, this reads more like an ode to New Orleans and a ho Really disappointed, not only in the poor writing but also the author's ask that the reader suspend all disbelief. I could only make it to page 110 before I just couldn't take it anymore.Usually I can rely on a James Patterson book to provide entertainment for my flight or relaxing pool side. But this one, all I could give it was an hour before I was so irritated by the characters and the writing that I had to put it down.Where to start. First, this reads more like an ode to New Orleans and a how to cook. "Our appetizer is a pan-fried creole-shrimp egg roll, the perfect mix of crunch and zesty. Our first course is grilled crawfish, with a tangy ginger glaze laced with smoky-spicy Szechuan peppercorns. Next comes a Thai curry crab étouffée, a rich, fragrant stew served over a bed of jasmine rice. Finally, it's time for dessert: warm, gooey bread pudding drenched in sweet sake and topped with a scoop of green tea ice cream" (p.45). The food is described more than the investigation!Second, Caleb Rooney is a hot-shot detective with the major crimes division but he has "spare time" to work a food truck??? Me thinks Mr. Rooney isn't a great detective.Third, for being an 11-year veteran on the force, his post NOPD actions seem more like Barney Fife than Jack Reacher. He's really quite clueless, rash, and oblivious.Fourth, the whole "I don't care that you're married, I'm going to sleep with you because I'm so wonderful and brilliant that you'll instantly forget your husband". The way he chased after a married woman was just so slimy.And finally, the cherry on top was the fact that somehow, only he can save New Orleans from a terrorist attack. The FBI are clueless while his fellow NOPD are incompetent. Really?? Everyone else is too stupid to do what they've been trained for? As I said, really disappointed. This is the first James Patterson book (either he's written or with a ghost writer) that I couldn't finish. I do have to give kudos to the author though, I've started writing my own book, because Lord it couldn't be worse than this.
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  • Ulrike Dicola
    January 1, 1970
    Big Patterson fan BUT -- got this from the library and in the midst of the good part of the book- there was a printing error! Page 250 to 267 in this edition was replaced by LIAR, LIAR. Thought I was hallucinating- turns out all the copies received by my library were faulty.Will now need to wait until new copies come in to find out what occurred in the missing pages!
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    Love James Patterson, but this book seemed to crawl.
  • Caren Lee
    January 1, 1970
    Disappointing.
  • Loretta
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book through FB Messenger. I enjoyed this book and the way it was interactive. My only problem with it was that it made reading the book so much slower. The story was great and I can't wait to read the actual book when it finally comes out.
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