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The Morning Show Murders

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The Morning Show Murders

A Billy Blessing Novel
by Al Roker
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Al Roker and Dick Lochte's The Midnight Show Murders.As famous for his popular cooking segment on Wake Up America! as for his swank Manhattan bistro, Billy...More
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Al Roker and Dick Lochte's The Midnight Show Murders.As famous for his popular cooking segment on Wake Up America! as for his swank Manhattan bistro, Billy...More
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  • BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Al Roker and Dick Lochte's The Midnight Show Murders.

    As famous for his popular cooking segment on Wake Up America! as for his swank Manhattan bistro, Billy Blessing can add prime murder suspect to his impressive list of accomplishments. Because when one of the network's top honchos ends up dead, it's a poisoned serving of Blessing's coq au vin that's to blame. Billy knows he's being framed, but proving it won't be easy--not with his perky cohost involved in a brass-knuckles contract negotiation, a Mossad agent about to tell all on the air, and a ruthless international assassin arriving in the Big Apple. Now Billy isn't so much concerned about staying alive in the ratings . . . as just staying alive. For the closer Billy comes to uncovering an international conspiracy, the closer he comes to being canceled--permanently.

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  • Chapter One The big guy lumbered toward me, waving the cleaver. Weeping like a baby.

    "Take it easy, buddy," I said. "No harm done."

    "I d-d-didn't mean to do it. I swear to God I didn't."

    "I hope not," I said, looking at the mangled, bloody mess he'd caused. "Why don't you give me that cleaver before you make this any worse?"

    "I'm a screwup," the big guy said. He was close enough for me to read the little name tag on his white coat. Eldon Something with Too Many Consonants.

    "We all have bad days, Eldon," I told him. "Just hand me the cleaver."

    He hesitated, then handed over the knife. He made a loud sniff to clear his sinuses, then used the sleeve of his white jacket to wipe the moisture from his eyes and the sweat from the rest of his face.

    I was sweating, too. It could have been the heat from the television lights. Or the steamers. Or Eldon's incompetence with the cleaver. Probably all three.

    "I'm sorry, chief," Eldon mumbled.

    "Chef," I corrected him.

    "Oh, right. Chef."

    Actually, it's Chef Billy Blessing. If you recognize the name, and I sincerely hope you do, you'll understand that I don't engage in a whole lot of on-the-job chef-ing these days, though I do run a popular restaurant on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, Blessing's Bistro. (A New York magazine pick. Tops in food and service per Zagat, thank you very much.) I have a line of savory prepared meals (which you can find in the frozen-food sections of the better supermarkets). And there's a series of cookbooks (the latest of which, Blessing's Best: Brunches, just went into a second printing, a New York Times Bestseller). But people usually know me because I'm on TV. My own show, Blessing's in the Kitchen, appears on the Wine & Dine Cable Network, Thursdays at four p.m. EST, and, for reasons I've never understood, repeated at two a.m. on Saturdays. I guess if you come home drunk, the first thing you want to do is turn on the forty-two-inch LCD and watch me cook. And, crucial to the whole Blessing mini-empire, I'm a regular on Wake Up, America!, the morning news show airing weekdays on the Worldwide Broadcasting Company. I'm the guy with the food features, interviews, and the joke of the day. Viewers tell me I remind them of a stocky Eddie Murphy, minus the mustache, the honking laugh, and the leather pants. I prefer to think of myself as a more accessible, less intense version of Denzel Washington. They also assume, because our producer, Arnie Epps, has instructed me to keep a smile on my face whenever I'm on camera, that I'm always cheery. I'm not. At the particular moment I am describing, in the midst of a disastrous trial run for a new Wine & Dine series, I was one hundred and eighty degrees from cheery.

    I turned to survey the other nine inhabitants of the soundstage kitchen. They, like Eldon, were dressed in chef coats, with most of their hair tucked under white caps. Also like Eldon, they were all very young, the exception being a beady-eyed fortysomething gent who had the appearance and the odor of a greasy-spoon fry cook.

    They'd separated themselves by gender. A male with acne was staring at me with the goofy adoration of a dependent dog. Another was nervously rubbing a mustache that looked like anchovies attacking his upper lip. I spied a brown Mohawk partially tucked under a cap, the oily bottom spikes sticking out over the collar of his coat like the tail of a dirty bird. Yuchhh!

    One of the very young women--girls, actually--chomped on gum. A pretty brown-skinned sister who might qualify as a supermodel trainee seemed more interested in protecting her long...

About the Author-
  • Al Roker is known to over thirty million viewers for his work on NBC's Today show, a role that has earned him ten Emmy awards. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Don't Make Me Stop This Car!: Adventures in Fatherhood. An accomplished cook, Roker also has two bestselling cookbooks to his credit. Al Roker lives in Manhattan with his wife, ABC News and 20/20 correspondent Deborah Roberts, and has two daughters and a son.

    Dick Lochte is the author of many popular crime novels including the award-winning Sleeping Dog, named one of "the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century" by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. His crime fiction column ran for nearly a decade in the Los Angeles Times and earned him the 2003 Ellen Nehr Award for Excellence in Mystery Reviewing. He lives in Southern California.

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  • James Patterson "This is a funny, funny, very funny mystery that really gallops along and has several cool twists. Maybe Al Roker should quit his day job."
  • Linda Fairstein "Dazzling . . . If you like your crime with a brilliant plot, crackling dialogue, a dash of celebrity and plenty of suspense, then The Morning Show Murders is an absolute must-read."
  • Janet Evanovich "Terrific plot, fast, funny, and full of action and adventure with even a touch of steamy romance."
  • New York Post "Required reading."
  • Harlan Coben "Great fun! Al pulls back the curtain to reveal what really goes on when the cameras go off."
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