The Chef

The Chef

Large Print - 2019
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Accused of committing murder in the line of duty, detective Caleb Rooney of the New Orleans Police Department uses the contacts from his moonlighting job as a celebrity food-truck chef to counter a terrorist plot.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, ©2019.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780316532327
Characteristics: 544 pages ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: DiLallo, Max - Author


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Feb 28, 2019

Disappointing. Did Patterson actually write any of this?

Feb 28, 2019

The Chef is one of the WORST books I have read in many years. The most memorable character is a V-10 LamBO (Yes, a car). By the last couple of chapters, I actually wanted the main character to die off so there could never be a sequel. If James Patterson actually WROTE ( or read ) any of this book then I am sad to report that we have lost one of our greatest fiction writers. If you are expecting the main character to be an Alex Cross/Michael Bennett clone, think again. What you actually get is an 8 year old (posing as an adult) with anger management issues that can survive getting hit in the head with a baseball bat, a crow bar, broken ribs and still sprint down and tackle a bad guy on the side walk in 90+ degree heat!!! Oh, Please! Save yourself some time and just skip to the end of the book where there are recipes for the New Orleans style food that is highlighted throughout the book.

Update: Rep. Adam Schiff Head, Intelligence Committee is investigating to see if the Russians blackmailed James Patterson to put his name on this "book". ;->

Committee Findings: Rep. Adam Schiff Head, Intelligence Committee manufactured proof that James Patterson was short on his Russian yacht payment and in desperation released a $0.35 comic book as a $35.00 novel to raise some quick cash from his loyal readers.

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