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James Patterson's The Chef: Police Detective By Day, Food Truck Chef By Night

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James Patterson's The Chef: Police Detective By Day, Food Truck Chef By Night
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James Patterson, the world’s best-selling, and one of the most prolific, has a new thriller out and the main character is a police detective by day, celebrity food truck chef by night.

Please suspend your disbelief for a moment and allow The Chef to take you on an odyssey through New Orleans, with plenty of thrills and spills as Caleb Rooney, who manages to hold down two highly stressful, labour intensive jobs, has his world turned upside down when he gets accused of murder he didn’t commit.

Released on February 18th, The Chef is published by Little, Brown and is dubbed A very tasty thriller. The blurb for the novel reads:

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.

Determined to do things differently news of The Chef first broke on Facebook Messenger and developed an multimedia, interactive experience around the announcement. The author has over 3.3 million followers on Facebook said in a statement, “Ten years ago, if you told me I’d see one of my novels come to life through scrolling chat bubbles, video and audio content, I would have laughed, but exploring new ways to connect with fans is important to me and Messenger’s experience for ‘The Chef’ not only makes the story more accessible to readers across new generations, but offers an enticing and thrilling read like never before.”

The book features, unusually, an appendix containing six recipes inspired by the Killer Chef food truck including savoury grits, dirty rice with crawfish boudin, and the “signature” Cajun-style scrambled egg po’ boy.

Bloomberg asked two real life New Orleans chefs - Emery Whalen, chief executive officer of QED Hospitality, and chef Brian Landry, her business partner—what they thought of The Chef, with rather amusing results.

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