Killer Chef is a short story by co-writers James Patterson, Jeffrey
J. Keyes. Actor Ari Fliakos gives Caleb Rooney his voice.
Fliakos’ narration fits right in with New Orleans.
It’s 10pm in the French Quarter. A film crew is filming
a romantic thriller, while Killer Chef Caleb Rooney is creating
his famous Dark & Stormy sandwiches in a food wagon bearing
a skull & crossbones. Caleb and his ex-wife Marlene are
working madly to fill orders when Caleb is called to Decatur
Street and a double homicide. Caleb ends up at Patsy’s
Restaurant, owned by one of his ex-girlfriends, and it looks
like the victims suffered food poisoning. Homicide detective
Caleb is officially on duty. The Killer Chef gets
caught up in a deadly balancing act as he tries to solve multiple
murders and keep his food truck in business.
Killer Chef is one of Patterson’s many short
stories. Patterson and Coauthor Keyes are able to cram full-bodied
characters and a complex storyline into a two and a half hour
audiobook. As I listened, I realized the City of New Orleans
is more than just a backdrop, its Caleb’s partner. I’m
hoping Killer Chef is the beginning of a new series.