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A masterful thief plots an impossible crime—stealing the Iranian Crown Jewels. From the author of the wildly successful Dexter series comes a new, mesmerizing bad guy we can root for: Riley Wolfe. He’s a master thief, expert at disguise, and not averse to violence when it’s needed. It’s no accident, though, that Riley targets the wealthiest 0.1 percent and is willing to A masterful thief plots an impossible crime—stealing the Iranian Crown Jewels.   From the author of the wildly successful Dexter series comes a new, mesmerizing bad guy we can root for: Riley Wolfe. He’s a master thief, expert at disguise, and not averse to violence when it’s needed. It’s no accident, though, that Riley targets the wealthiest 0.1 percent and is willing to kill them when they’re in his way: he despises the degenerate and immoral rich and loves stealing their undeserved and unearned valuables.   In this series launch, Riley aims for an extraordinary target in a heist that will make history. Riley will try to steal the Crown Jewels of Iran. Yes, these jewels are worth billions, but the true attraction for grabbing them comes down to one simple fact: it can’t be done. Stealing these jewels is absolutely impossible. The collection is guarded by space-age electronics and two teams of heavily armed mercenaries. No one could even think of getting past the airtight security and hope to get away alive, let alone with even a single diamond from the Imperial Collection.   No one but Riley Wolfe. He’s always liked a challenge.   But this challenge may be more than even he can handle. Aside from the impenetrable security, Riley is also pursued by a brilliant and relentless cop who is barely a step behind him.   With the aid of his sometime ally, a beautiful woman who is a master art forger, Riley Wolfe goes for the prize that will either make him a legend—or, more likely, leave him dead.


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A masterful thief plots an impossible crime—stealing the Iranian Crown Jewels. From the author of the wildly successful Dexter series comes a new, mesmerizing bad guy we can root for: Riley Wolfe. He’s a master thief, expert at disguise, and not averse to violence when it’s needed. It’s no accident, though, that Riley targets the wealthiest 0.1 percent and is willing to A masterful thief plots an impossible crime—stealing the Iranian Crown Jewels.   From the author of the wildly successful Dexter series comes a new, mesmerizing bad guy we can root for: Riley Wolfe. He’s a master thief, expert at disguise, and not averse to violence when it’s needed. It’s no accident, though, that Riley targets the wealthiest 0.1 percent and is willing to kill them when they’re in his way: he despises the degenerate and immoral rich and loves stealing their undeserved and unearned valuables.   In this series launch, Riley aims for an extraordinary target in a heist that will make history. Riley will try to steal the Crown Jewels of Iran. Yes, these jewels are worth billions, but the true attraction for grabbing them comes down to one simple fact: it can’t be done. Stealing these jewels is absolutely impossible. The collection is guarded by space-age electronics and two teams of heavily armed mercenaries. No one could even think of getting past the airtight security and hope to get away alive, let alone with even a single diamond from the Imperial Collection.   No one but Riley Wolfe. He’s always liked a challenge.   But this challenge may be more than even he can handle. Aside from the impenetrable security, Riley is also pursued by a brilliant and relentless cop who is barely a step behind him.   With the aid of his sometime ally, a beautiful woman who is a master art forger, Riley Wolfe goes for the prize that will either make him a legend—or, more likely, leave him dead.

30 review for Just Watch Me

  1. 5 out of 5

    Zoeytron

    "I don't like a lot of people. It's counterproductive." Words from Riley Wolfe. Heist master extraordinaire. Genius with disguises, to the extent that no one really knows what he looks like. He loves a challenge, and if it is clearly impossible, so much the better. He'll find a way to do it anyway.On his trail is Frank Delgado, an FBI special agent with lots of mileage on him. He plays things the old school way and he is relentless. This is a thriller that means business. Nothing mystical going on "I don't like a lot of people.  It's counterproductive." Words from Riley Wolfe.  Heist master extraordinaire.  Genius with disguises, to the extent that no one really knows what he looks like.  He loves a challenge, and if it is clearly impossible, so much the better.  He'll find a way to do it anyway.  On his trail is Frank Delgado, an FBI special agent with lots of mileage on him.  He plays things the old school way and he is relentless. This is a thriller that means business.  Nothing mystical going on here, no psychos hiding in the shadows.  Just some fascinating forgeries and brilliant thievery.  Murder isn't out of the question either, especially if you happen to have been born with a silver spoon in your mouth. 

  2. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    This book is the start of a new series by an author whose previous work I have not read. It features the “master thief” Riley Wolfe and (too a much lesser extent) his beautiful colleague Monique, an expert art forger. Riley is bored and looking for a new challenge, so he decides to steal a diamond jewel while the Iranian Crown Jewels are on exhibit in a small, family-owned museum in NYC. Riley’s plan involves an elaborate (and improbable) long con to get around he super security surrounding the This book is the start of a new series by an author whose previous work I have not read. It features the “master thief” Riley Wolfe and (too a much lesser extent) his beautiful colleague Monique, an expert art forger. Riley is bored and looking for a new challenge, so he decides to steal a diamond jewel while the Iranian Crown Jewels are on exhibit in a small, family-owned museum in NYC. Riley’s plan involves an elaborate (and improbable) long con to get around he super security surrounding the exhibit. (view spoiler)[ One of the most improbable aspects was Monique’s expert replication of the jewel. The idea that someone without years of jewelry making experience could replicate a famous, antique jewel is just ludicrous. (hide spoiler)] The plan was intricate and held my interest. My problem was that I hated the smug, sociopathic Riley and wanted him to fail. That’s not really good when you are supposed to be rooting for him. The author needs to reread “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and see how a reader can be led to root for the villain. It’s not enough to tell us that Riley is charming and engaging. You need to show it. In this book Riley is just a murdering, greedy, deceitful asshole who is perfect at everything he attempts. Unfortunately, he is still alive at the end of the book and will make it into book number two. 3.5 stars I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jannelies

    Being a fan of the Dexter-series, I couldn't resist this title. I also happen to be a fan of books/movies where banks are cleverly robbed or bad people conned. This story has it all! Riley Wolfe, who was not born with this grand name, makes a living - and a very good one - by cleverly stealing from rich people, who did not earn their money in an honest way. That he has to kill someone in the process every now and then, is something he doesn't see as a problem. In Just Watch Me he is not planning Being a fan of the Dexter-series, I couldn't resist this title. I also happen to be a fan of books/movies where banks are cleverly robbed or bad people conned. This story has it all! Riley Wolfe, who was not born with this grand name, makes a living - and a very good one - by cleverly stealing from rich people, who did not earn their money in an honest way. That he has to kill someone in the process every now and then, is something he doesn't see as a problem. In Just Watch Me he is not planning to steal any money; he is aiming for something smaller but far more valuable. We follow Riley's preparations almost in detail, but we also follow the FBI-agent that has his heart and mind set on unmasking Riley for what he is and bring him to court. The story is being told from different viewpoints which makes it an entertaining read. Riley has a lot in common with Dexter, so do not expect him to be all that likable. The story sets off at a good pace but it is a bit slow in the middle and, sadly to say, at the end. However, if this is the start of a new series, I would surely like to read the next book. Thanks to Edelweiss and Dutton for this digital review copy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    The first book in a new series by Jeff Lindsay. This series features Riley Wolfe, a master thief. Riley loves a challenge, and prefers to work heists that seem impossible to pull off. In this book, Riley plans to steal the Iranian Crown Jewels. Told using multiple points of view, this is a cat and mouse story involving a thrilling heist. Riley is charming, confident, and ruthless. He doesn't mind taking extreme measures to get what he wants, and this makes him hard to like. That said, I enjoy The first book in a new series by Jeff Lindsay. This series features Riley Wolfe, a master thief. Riley loves a challenge, and prefers to work heists that seem impossible to pull off. In this book, Riley plans to steal the Iranian Crown Jewels. Told using multiple points of view, this is a cat and mouse story involving a thrilling heist. Riley is charming, confident, and ruthless. He doesn't mind taking extreme measures to get what he wants, and this makes him hard to like. That said, I enjoy books with unlikable and morally corrupt characters. Riley is a criminal who lies, cheats, steals, and kills to get his way. He has attracted the attention of FBI agent Frank Delgado, who is determined to bring Riley down. A fun read for fans of heist novels and Lindsay's Dexter series. Outrageous and exciting. I look forward to reading the next one in the series. I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Giveaway win!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    As a fan of the Dexter show but not necessarily the book series, I thought I’d check out Jeff Lindsay’s new series. I liked the main character, but I what made me put this book down was the improbability of it all. The main character just happens to see a magazine article and fix all his depression about what to do next. The cop in pursuit doesn’t know why, but he’s going to the exact city to look for the exact guy because he’s going to steal the exact thing he’s actually going to steal. It’s all As a fan of the Dexter show but not necessarily the book series, I thought I’d check out Jeff Lindsay’s new series. I liked the main character, but I what made me put this book down was the improbability of it all. The main character just happens to see a magazine article and fix all his depression about what to do next. The cop in pursuit doesn’t know why, but he’s going to the exact city to look for the exact guy because he’s going to steal the exact thing he’s actually going to steal. It’s all a little on the nose and completely took me out of the story. It’s as if the writer knew where he wanted them to be but couldn’t figure out how to get them there. DNF at Chapter 9

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laura • lauralovestoread

    “ 𝙰𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚂𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚋𝚘𝚍𝚢 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚘𝚠𝚗 𝚒𝚝𝚌𝚑𝚢 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚘𝚗 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚘𝚛 𝚝𝚠𝚘 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙸𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚒𝚊𝚗 𝚌𝚛𝚘𝚠𝚗 𝚓𝚎𝚠𝚎𝚕𝚜, 𝚙𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚖 𝚒𝚗 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚙𝚘𝚌𝚔𝚎𝚝, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚌𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚠𝚊𝚢 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚐𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝚜𝚌𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚢𝚋𝚘𝚍𝚢 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚖𝚊𝚍𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚑𝚘𝚕𝚎 𝚏𝚞𝚌𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚑𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚢 𝚘𝚏 𝚑𝚎𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚜. 𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚔 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝’𝚜 𝚌𝚛𝚊𝚣𝚢? 𝚂𝚞𝚒𝚌𝚒𝚍𝚊𝚕? 𝙸𝚖𝚙𝚘𝚜𝚜𝚒𝚋𝚕𝚎? 𝙸𝚝 𝚒𝚜. 𝚃𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚔 𝚒𝚝 𝚌𝚊𝚗’𝚝 𝚋𝚎 𝚍𝚘𝚗𝚎? 𝚆𝚊𝚝𝚌𝚑 𝚖𝚎.” -𝙹𝚎𝚏𝚏 𝙻𝚒𝚗𝚍𝚜𝚊𝚢, 𝙹𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚆𝚊𝚝𝚌𝚑 𝙼𝚎 This was such a fast paced read for me! I couldn’t see what tricks that Riley Wolfe would pull out next. He’s in a mission to break in and steal the Iranian Crown “ 𝙰𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚂𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚋𝚘𝚍𝚢 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚘𝚠𝚗 𝚒𝚝𝚌𝚑𝚢 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚘𝚗 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚘𝚛 𝚝𝚠𝚘 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙸𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚒𝚊𝚗 𝚌𝚛𝚘𝚠𝚗 𝚓𝚎𝚠𝚎𝚕𝚜, 𝚙𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚖 𝚒𝚗 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚙𝚘𝚌𝚔𝚎𝚝, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚌𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚠𝚊𝚢 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚐𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝚜𝚌𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚢𝚋𝚘𝚍𝚢 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚖𝚊𝚍𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚑𝚘𝚕𝚎 𝚏𝚞𝚌𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚑𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚢 𝚘𝚏 𝚑𝚎𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚜. 𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚔 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝’𝚜 𝚌𝚛𝚊𝚣𝚢? 𝚂𝚞𝚒𝚌𝚒𝚍𝚊𝚕? 𝙸𝚖𝚙𝚘𝚜𝚜𝚒𝚋𝚕𝚎? 𝙸𝚝 𝚒𝚜. 𝚃𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚔 𝚒𝚝 𝚌𝚊𝚗’𝚝 𝚋𝚎 𝚍𝚘𝚗𝚎? 𝚆𝚊𝚝𝚌𝚑 𝚖𝚎.” -𝙹𝚎𝚏𝚏 𝙻𝚒𝚗𝚍𝚜𝚊𝚢, 𝙹𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚆𝚊𝚝𝚌𝚑 𝙼𝚎 This was such a fast paced read for me! I couldn’t see what tricks that Riley Wolfe would pull out next. He’s in a mission to break in and steal the Iranian Crown Jewels. If anyone gets in his way, Riley just finds a way to move forward, not caring whether he kills them in the process or not! While reading I couldn’t help but be reminded of Oceans Eleven, and thinking how this would play out in a tv series! Excited for the next book. *Thank you Dutton for this gifted book for review. All opinions are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)

    The first book in a new series about master thief Riley Wolfe who steals only from the extremely wealthy, Just Watch Me is a thriller reminiscent of Robin Hood. Most of this book is told through Riley’s perspective, with several chapters interspersed from a variety of secondary characters. Riley’s chapters are in first person and the rest are in third person, making the structure is easy to follow. This also allows the plot to develop from several angles and keep a brisk pace that makes for The first book in a new series about master thief Riley Wolfe who steals only from the extremely wealthy, Just Watch Me is a thriller reminiscent of Robin Hood. Most of this book is told through Riley’s perspective, with several chapters interspersed from a variety of secondary characters. Riley’s chapters are in first person and the rest are in third person, making the structure is easy to follow. This also allows the plot to develop from several angles and keep a brisk pace that makes for compulsive reading. And the writing style is conversational, with dialogue that feels realistic, helping to ground a story that might otherwise be unbelievable. There is an interesting cast of characters in Just Watch Me, some more thought out than others. Unsurprisingly, Riley stands out from the rest as being more complex, along with a couple other characters that I hope continue to appear in the series. It was particularly interesting to watch the interaction between Riley and Frank Delgado, the FBI agent who is trying to catch him. The tone and style of this book is irreverent and sexy, and it has a certain cinematic quality. Different aspects vaguely remind me of a few movies that I personally love – namely Ocean’s 11, The Thomas Crown Affair, and Catch Me if You Can – and I can easily see this being adapted into a movie or TV series. This is the first book I’ve read by Jeff Lindsay, but now I’m curious to read his Dexter series – and also watch its TV adaptation! In the end, Just Watch Me was a compelling and fun reading experience, and I’m eagerly awaiting the second installment in the series to see if that continues. If you enjoy crime thrillers told from the bad guy’s perspective, this should be right up your alley! *Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    3.5 stars Having read some of the Dexter books and being a fan of the show, I was excited to try out the new book by this author. One of my favorite things about this book is that it actually reads like a heist movie. I thought it was really well done! Overall, I enjoyed this book, but I felt like it dragged in places and I am not sure if I would be interested in a series. This was a fun “one off” book, but I think a whole series reading about Riley’s heists could get a little boring. Thank you 3.5 stars Having read some of the Dexter books and being a fan of the show, I was excited to try out the new book by this author. One of my favorite things about this book is that it actually reads like a heist movie. I thought it was really well done! Overall, I enjoyed this book, but I felt like it dragged in places and I am not sure if I would be interested in a series. This was a fun “one off” book, but I think a whole series reading about Riley’s heists could get a little boring. Thank you to Penguin Publishing Group for my copy of this book via Edelweiss

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (Royal_Reading_Company)

    Nope. Not for me. The writing style, the story-telling, character development... just nope. •••••••• Ummm sign me the eff up.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kate (kate_reads_)

    WOW. This is an incredible heist story - it drew me in right from the start and didn’t let go until the final page. If you love Ocean’s Eleven or Alias - you have to pick this book up immediately!! Riley Wolfe is a master thief - who targets those he thinks are undeserving of their riches. But lately it’s all started to feel a little *too* easy. He’s worried he will start to lose his edge and get caught. So what can he do? Take on the craziest, most impossible challenge yet - find a way to steal WOW. This is an incredible heist story - it drew me in right from the start and didn’t let go until the final page. If you love Ocean’s Eleven or Alias - you have to pick this book up immediately!! Riley Wolfe is a master thief - who targets those he thinks are undeserving of their riches. But lately it’s all started to feel a little *too* easy. He’s worried he will start to lose his edge and get caught. So what can he do? Take on the craziest, most impossible challenge yet - find a way to steal the Crown Jewels of Iran - worth billions. I absolutely loved trying to figure out what Riley would do next. This would make an incredible movie or tv series as well - it was written so well and I could really see it playing out in front of me as I read. I’m so excited this is the first in a series and I can’t wait for the next one! Thank you so much to Dutton Books for the free copy to read and review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (UnshelvedEdition)

    Y’all. I hyped this book up so much in my head and let me tell you that it did not disappoint me at all Just Watch Me is an intricate and fairly fast paced story that will keep you guessing what Riley Wolfe’s next move is going to be. I loved this book from the very beginning, the layers of the cons and heists that Riley pulls off are smart and unexpected. I found myself really attached to his character regardless of the questionable life choices he makes throughout the book I flew through this Y’all. I hyped this book up so much in my head and let me tell you that it did not disappoint me at all Just Watch Me is an intricate and fairly fast paced story that will keep you guessing what Riley Wolfe’s next move is going to be. I loved this book from the very beginning, the layers of the cons and heists that Riley pulls off are smart and unexpected. I found myself really attached to his character regardless of the questionable life choices he makes throughout the book I flew through this book and didn’t want to look away and I think you will too. See more reviews on Instagram @UnshelvedEdition

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    I loved this book! Jeff Lindsay is definitely one of my favorite authors. The character of Riley Wolfe is so cool for a bad guy. I loved when he was using parkour to fly around the rooftops and streets of NYC at night. I also loved his tenacity to look for ways to do the impossible crimes. Great story and great characters.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    If you loved the Dexter books as much as I did, then you must meet Riley Wolfe, Lindsay's newest...uh we can't really call him a hero as he's a thief and a con-man but I found myself cheering him on anyway! He's a master of disguises, clever, and snarky as they come, but what a great ride! His latest caper is a plan to steal the crown jewels coming to America for a museum tour. Who could pull off this heist as there will be armed guards from both countries and a better than state-of the-art If you loved the Dexter books as much as I did, then you must meet Riley Wolfe, Lindsay's newest...uh we can't really call him a hero as he's a thief and a con-man but I found myself cheering him on anyway! He's a master of disguises, clever, and snarky as they come, but what a great ride! His latest caper is a plan to steal the crown jewels coming to America for a museum tour. Who could pull off this heist as there will be armed guards from both countries and a better than state-of the-art security system? Don't underestimate Riley! With the help of his friend Monique, a talented art forger, the plan is in motion and you can't get off this roller-coaster! So glad to know it's #1 in the Riley Wolfe series as I'm waiting on pins and needles for the sequel! Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alison (Marie)

    I was very lucky to receive an ARC of this book from a giveaway the publisher hosted. I was super excited about it, even though I never read the Dexter series that the author is famous for. I had hoped to read it before it was published and get my review out then…but I didn’t like it and it took me a while to finish it. I mean, it was alright, but it kind of read like a debut novel in its 1st draft. The writing was so incredibly repetitive. It could have easily been a novella without all of the I was very lucky to receive an ARC of this book from a giveaway the publisher hosted. I was super excited about it, even though I never read the Dexter series that the author is famous for. I had hoped to read it before it was published and get my review out then…but I didn’t like it and it took me a while to finish it. I mean, it was alright, but it kind of read like a debut novel in its 1st draft. The writing was so incredibly repetitive. It could have easily been a novella without all of the redundant lines. The characters are all pretty unlikable, and not really in a good way (at least in my opinion). They all have some really awful, offensive views that were consistently brought up for no reason at all. Over 3/4’s of the book didn’t even seem to be about the heist. I was just very underwhelmed over all. I highly doubt I’ll be continuing with any sequels.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I have never read the Dexter books but I did watch the television series. This might be a good thing as I have no prior experience with this author to compare his books too. Riley Wolfe is a man of mystery. He has many different layers. Readers have just barely been exposed to everything about Riley. Which I did find him to be interesting. Yet, the story was not as strong and therefore, it took away from the overall vibe of the story and making Riley a strong lead. The beginning was strong and I have never read the Dexter books but I did watch the television series. This might be a good thing as I have no prior experience with this author to compare his books too. Riley Wolfe is a man of mystery. He has many different layers. Readers have just barely been exposed to everything about Riley. Which I did find him to be interesting. Yet, the story was not as strong and therefore, it took away from the overall vibe of the story and making Riley a strong lead. The beginning was strong and hit me in the face. It was great and grabbed my attention. After that, I was good for a little while but than the story slowed down. There were moments that were good but few and far between. The latter half of the story is where it shined the most. There were enough good things about this book that I would consider reading the next one.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    How does one follow a franchise like Dexter, the sympathetic serial killer featured in a series of novels that spawned a successful television series? Jeff Lindsay, Dexter’s creator, has the answer. JUST WATCH ME introduces a brilliant thief named Riley Wolfe, who has a penchant for planning incredibly difficult heists with big payoffs. The more complicated they are, the better that Wolfe likes it, and the book features one that seems all but impossible --- a caper for the ages. Wolfe is an How does one follow a franchise like Dexter, the sympathetic serial killer featured in a series of novels that spawned a successful television series? Jeff Lindsay, Dexter’s creator, has the answer. JUST WATCH ME introduces a brilliant thief named Riley Wolfe, who has a penchant for planning incredibly difficult heists with big payoffs. The more complicated they are, the better that Wolfe likes it, and the book features one that seems all but impossible --- a caper for the ages. Wolfe is an enigmatic and complex character. We learn fairly early in the proceedings that he is a master of disguise. It is also revealed that “Riley Wolfe” is not his original government name, either. He is a shadowy figure, indeed. What little we do know about Wolfe comes to light through the efforts of FBI Special Agent Frank Delgado, who is obsessed with hunting down Wolfe and bringing him to justice. A decent portion of the book is devoted to Delgado’s investigation into Wolfe’s past. It is his belief that what he uncovers will serve as a means of predicting Wolfe’s future actions, thus enabling him to be on the scene when Wolfe appears so he may be brought to justice. The resulting information, as presented by Lindsay, creates a subtle picture that makes Wolfe a bit more of a sympathetic character in the eyes of the reader, if not in Delgado’s. Meanwhile, Wolfe is planning a heist that is breathtaking in its audacity. The Crown Jewels of the Persian Empire are going to be displayed at the Eberhardt Museum in New York, under the watchful eye of the Revolutionary Guard of the Islamic Republic of Iran and a security force comprised of former active-duty members of the United States Special Forces. Wolfe isn’t greedy. He doesn’t want all of the jewels; he’s just eyeing the Daryayeh-E-Noor, the largest pink diamond in the world, which is worth billions. He recruits a brilliant art forger into the game, a woman who represents the only chink in his emotional armor. Lindsay gives the reader a breadcrumb revelation of the plot as it unfolds, even as Delgado, being a step or two behind Wolfe, closes in on his target. It’s great fun watching Wolfe execute his plan, which works with varying degrees of success. There are plans, and there are plans. One can’t always get entirely what one wants. Seeing what he gets (and what he doesn’t) constitutes the entertainment here. JUST WATCH ME succeeds on all levels. While one cannot think of Lindsay without Dexter coming to mind, his latest almost immediately erases any disappointment one might feel as the result of Dexter’s apparently permanent absence. While both characters share meticulous planning skills and a psychopathic worldview (as well as a smart, dogged pursuer), this book is different enough from the Dexter series to prevent it from coming off as a copycat. I can’t wait for the next installment. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ethan

    Jeff Lindsay has the unique authorial ability to make you root for the bad guy. He relishes in making you cheer and hope for the kind of things you know you shouldn't be cheering for. In fact, Lindsay is so adept at entrancing readers with his vile characters and their nefarious deeds that he sustained an eight novel series about a serial killer. His Dexter novels became bestsellers and launched a hit television series. When it comes to Lindsay's characters, sometimes bad is actually good. When Jeff Lindsay has the unique authorial ability to make you root for the bad guy. He relishes in making you cheer and hope for the kind of things you know you shouldn't be cheering for. In fact, Lindsay is so adept at entrancing readers with his vile characters and their nefarious deeds that he sustained an eight novel series about a serial killer. His Dexter novels became bestsellers and launched a hit television series. When it comes to Lindsay's characters, sometimes bad is actually good. When I first learned of a new novel by the author, I was immediately intrigued. Dexter is the kind of once in a lifetime, lightning in a bottle phenomenon characters that most authors can only dream of creating. I wasn't sure Lindsay would be able to capture that kind of magic again, but I certainly wouldn't miss the chance at reading his attempt. Who is Riley Wolfe? To most, his is merely a shadow. He's the kind of person you may have heard whispers about, but you're not certain that he actually exists. He is more myth than a living, breathing person. In reality, Wolfe is the mastermind behind some of the most daring a lucrative heists the world has ever seen. He alters is appearance and mannerism with ease, blending seamlessly into his surroundings and evading detection from even the most careful of foes. He is an enigma of sorts, and he is at the absolute top of his game. Riley Wolfe has spent years taking on the most impossible heists and building his personal wealth to staggering heights. Despite all of his accomplishments, Wolfe has succumbed to the kind of affliction that threatens to derail his entire life. Riley Wolfe is bored. Sure, he is unmatched as a thief, but nothing seems to challenge him. When stealing a brand new statue via helicopter becomes just another day at the office, it is time to find something more. Something more appears in the form of a new expedition at a private museum in New York. A rare jewel from the middle east will be on display and under the guard of two government security details. Stealing this jewel is impossible. Naturally, Wolfe decides he can steal it. I was gifted a copy of Just Watch Me from Jeff Lindsay's publisher, and I'm happy to report that it was everything I wanted in a new novel from the famed author. Riley Wolfe is a liar, cheater, thief, and murderer, the kind of character that Jeff Lindsay excels at writing. He has less redeemable qualities than Lindsay's Dexter (which is certainly saying something), but I still couldn't help but enjoy his escapades. Written as a pretty straight forward heist thriller, Just Watch Me is easily Lindsays best-plotted book in years. The pages flew as I devoured this novel over the course of a few evenings. Like a cross between Oceans Eleven and Lindsays own Dexter novels, Just Watch Me proves that Jeff Lindsay is still the master at making readers fall in love with the bad guy.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    Another book I'm giving a 1, not because it's all that terrible, but simply because GR defines 1 as "did not like it." I had hopes for Lindsay's first non-Dexter book, despite the fact that the premise didn't sound all that spectacular. The story was like some 70s Thomas Crown Affair or smaller scale 2000s Ocean's Eleven plot, about a master thief who goes after the inaccessible for the challenge of it. If you really enjoy that type of story line, you may like this book. I only sometimes enjoy Another book I'm giving a 1, not because it's all that terrible, but simply because GR defines 1 as "did not like it." I had hopes for Lindsay's first non-Dexter book, despite the fact that the premise didn't sound all that spectacular. The story was like some 70s Thomas Crown Affair or smaller scale 2000s Ocean's Eleven plot, about a master thief who goes after the inaccessible for the challenge of it. If you really enjoy that type of story line, you may like this book. I only sometimes enjoy that type of tale, providing it's really different and very well done. This book just never took off for me. Riley Wolfe isn't particularly charming or deep or anywhere near as hilarious as Dexter is. Which is a huge disappointment because Lindsay's dark humor is what makes his prior writing so incredible. This book, when I found myself already bored and skimming after 100 pages, I just threw in the towel and skipped to the end. I won't bother with any further books in this series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cosas.and Stuff

    I'm not sure if it's the writing style or the way the "heist" was constructed but I found the book to be tiring and a bit boring to read. I switched to an audiobook half way through which helped slightly but didn't really change the feel of the story for me. There were so many things that he made happen that felt over the top I found myself rolling my eyes for most of the story. It also made the heist unbelievable. That sentiment ruined the planning and execution for me because at the end of a I'm not sure if it's the writing style or the way the "heist" was constructed but I found the book to be tiring and a bit boring to read. I switched to an audiobook half way through which helped slightly but didn't really change the feel of the story for me. There were so many things that he made happen that felt over the top I found myself rolling my eyes for most of the story. It also made the heist unbelievable. That sentiment ruined the planning and execution for me because at the end of a great heist you want to believe, yes, that can be done, Yes that makes sense, yes that can work. With every twist that happened here it became such a exaggeration of luck and stupidity that I stopped paying attention. Unfortunately all the characters were manly unlikeable and very cliche, especially those against him (don't want to give anything away). By the end, I only had one reaction - 1 book was enough.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kimba Tichenor

    First I have never read any of the books in the Dexter Morgan series by this author, nor have I seen any episodes of the television series based on the books. What can I say? I have lived on a deserted island for the last 10 years? Anyway, when I saw this new series, I was curious. Perhaps, I was expecting something more like Ocean's Eleven or The Sting -- a high stakes heist without anyone losing anything other than their money. But that is not what this series is. Riley Wolfe is a professional First I have never read any of the books in the Dexter Morgan series by this author, nor have I seen any episodes of the television series based on the books. What can I say? I have lived on a deserted island for the last 10 years? Anyway, when I saw this new series, I was curious. Perhaps, I was expecting something more like Ocean's Eleven or The Sting -- a high stakes heist without anyone losing anything other than their money. But that is not what this series is. Riley Wolfe is a professional thief but he is also a murderer, who views people as chess pieces to be manipulated or killed, if necessary. In short, he is as much serial killer as he is art thief. While one victim of his chess game is a pedophile, another victim's only crime is being a filthy rich dope head. Although certainly this does not qualify the latter for the CNN hero of the year award, it does make it hard to see his murder by our protagonist as justified. At least for me, this is one protagonist I cannot root for. And in those moments where I would find myself trying to empathize with him because of his painful, childhood background, I found it deeply disturbing, as this character is a sociopath. So while this novel is fast-paced, intriguing and smartly written, I doubt that I will read another in this series for that reason. I don't want to walk around in this character's shoes, feel his anger, or his disdain for any human life that gets in his way. I would like to thank Penguin Random House for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lloyd Russell

    A couple of times a year, unsolicited, I get books in the mail sent by publishers. As a blogger, I usually try to read what they send. Some have been successful (I ALWAYS love getting the latest Coben!), and others...not so much. In this case, I got a book from Dutton written by Jeff Lindsay. This is the guy who wrote 8 books in the Dexter series, which, as you know, was a successful TV show. What I got is Just Watch Me. This is Book 1 about the antihero, Riley Wolfe. And I have to say that it A couple of times a year, unsolicited, I get books in the mail sent by publishers. As a blogger, I usually try to read what they send. Some have been successful (I ALWAYS love getting the latest Coben!), and others...not so much. In this case, I got a book from Dutton written by Jeff Lindsay. This is the guy who wrote 8 books in the Dexter series, which, as you know, was a successful TV show. What I got is Just Watch Me. This is Book 1 about the antihero, Riley Wolfe. And I have to say that it was pretty darn good. Here's the blurb: Sure, Riley Wolfe steals for the money - but mostly he steals for the challenge. In this series debut, Riley aims for an extraordinary target: the Crown Jewels of Iran. Yes, these jewels are worth billions, but Riley's urge to steal them comes down to one simple fact: it can't be done. The collection is on tour in America, guarded by space-age electronics and two teams of heavily armed mercenaries. No one could even think of getting past the airtight security and hope to get away alive, let alone abscond with even a single diamond. No one except Riley Wolfe. But this challenge may be more than even he can handle. Aside from the impenetrable security, Riley is also pursued by a brilliant and relentless cop who has spent his career getting closer and now is barely one step behind him. With the aid of Monique, his sometime ally and a master art forger, Riley Wolfe goes for the prize that will confirm his legend - or, more likely, leave him dead. A mesmerizing heist novel for now, this is the book fans of Jeff Lindsay and the wildly successful Dexter Series have been waiting for. It's not often that the main protagonist is a bad guy. But he sure is interesting. The story is pretty complex, but it all makes sense. It's well written and even comes with some surprises. I would definitely recommend it. And I am looking forward to #2. 3.5/4

  23. 4 out of 5

    Maddy

    PROTAGONIST: Riley Wolfe, master thief SETTING: New York City SERIES: #1 RATING: 3.5 WHY: Riley Wolfe could be classified as a master thief, but he’s really much more than that. He’s much more interested in the challenge of the job rather than the profits involved. What really turns him on is finding a job that is impossible to do – and then doing it perfectly. Now he faces the ultimate test. The Crown Jewels of Iran are going to be exhibited in a New York museum, and the security is next PROTAGONIST: Riley Wolfe, master thief SETTING: New York City SERIES: #1 RATING: 3.5 WHY: Riley Wolfe could be classified as a master thief, but he’s really much more than that. He’s much more interested in the challenge of the job rather than the profits involved. What really turns him on is finding a job that is impossible to do – and then doing it perfectly. Now he faces the ultimate test. The Crown Jewels of Iran are going to be exhibited in a New York museum, and the security is next generation. To do the job, he uses a wide variety of expert disguises, cons people and faces obstacles by eliminating them, either people or things. It’s really interesting to see all the tactics that he uses to succeed and just how Riley thinks. Unfortunately, things fell apart at the conclusion of the book with a really weak final strategy for the heist, after a book full of clever plans. Riley isn’t a likeable person, but it is fascinating to see how he operates.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hayla

    I don’t know how he did it, but this book managed to be fresh and original while also carrying the author’s signature style and dialogue. Fans of Dexter will not be disappointed but also should not expect the same kind of story. A key difference for me, personally, was that I wasn’t rooting for Riley throughout the book; he doesn’t seem to have any of the likability that Dexter had and instead I found myself rooting for Delgado. Regardless of that, the story was a quick read and I enjoyed it. I’ I don’t know how he did it, but this book managed to be fresh and original while also carrying the author’s signature style and dialogue. Fans of Dexter will not be disappointed but also should not expect the same kind of story. A key difference for me, personally, was that I wasn’t rooting for Riley throughout the book; he doesn’t seem to have any of the likability that Dexter had and instead I found myself rooting for Delgado. Regardless of that, the story was a quick read and I enjoyed it. I’ll be looking forward to more from the author!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    I was excited to read this one. I'm a sucker for any crime fiction that involves a thief or caper. The blurb seemed right up my alley and I remember enjoying the first couple Dexter books but...JUST WATCH ME left me a little frustrated. After a great opening hook/scene things down-shifted fast and we got a lot of first person exposition and little else. There felt like a lot of filler and that the plot really didn't get moving until the last 50 pages. Too often the first 3/4 of the book was I was excited to read this one. I'm a sucker for any crime fiction that involves a thief or caper. The blurb seemed right up my alley and I remember enjoying the first couple Dexter books but...JUST WATCH ME left me a little frustrated. After a great opening hook/scene things down-shifted fast and we got a lot of first person exposition and little else. There felt like a lot of filler and that the plot really didn't get moving until the last 50 pages. Too often the first 3/4 of the book was filled with telling (something that drives me nuts with Grisham) and little complications for the main character. We're told he's a master thief, second to none but not really shown this past the first scene. The parts I enjoyed most were the FBI doggedly on his tail and again we're just told Riley keeps alluding him and not how. Just trust me might have been a better title.

  26. 5 out of 5

    D.K. Hundt

    'Somebody will get his own itchy fingers on one or two of the crown jewels…Think that's crazy? Suicidal? Impossible? It is. Think it can't be done? Watch me.' From the author of Dexter, Jeff Lindsey's new book Just Watch Me , is available now, and I loved it! Just Watch Me reminded me of the Ocean's movies and another favorite, The Italian Job. Both films are featuring savvy characters you find yourself rooting for, wondering just how these master thieves will pull off their next heist. Riley 'Somebody will get his own itchy fingers on one or two of the crown jewels…Think that's crazy? Suicidal? Impossible? It is. Think it can't be done? Watch me.' From the author of Dexter, Jeff Lindsey's new book Just Watch Me , is available now, and I loved it! Just Watch Me reminded me of the Ocean's movies and another favorite, The Italian Job. Both films are featuring savvy characters you find yourself rooting for, wondering just how these master thieves will pull off their next heist. Riley Wolfe, the main character in Just Watch Me, doesn't disappoint regarding what he's willing to do to get what he wants, but will he??? You will have to read the book and find out. ;) Just Watch Me - Highly Recommend!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    Really 4.5 stars - this was a fun book about a guy who wants to steal a $15 billion Iranian diamond while its on display at a museum in NY.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Devann

    I received an ARC copy of this book from Edelweiss actual rating: 3.5 There are actually quite a few cliches holding this book together and Lindsay has never really been very good at writing female characters in general, but I just had such a good time reading it that I feel I have to bump it up to 4 stars. It can often be annoying when a main character is constantly explaining his brilliant plans to you after he carries them out but Lindsay really makes it work and once the groundwork for the I received an ARC copy of this book from Edelweiss actual rating: 3.5 There are actually quite a few cliches holding this book together and Lindsay has never really been very good at writing female characters in general, but I just had such a good time reading it that I feel I have to bump it up to 4 stars. It can often be annoying when a main character is constantly explaining his brilliant plans to you after he carries them out but Lindsay really makes it work and once the groundwork for the heist is laid and everything really gets going you are not going to want to put this book down. I'll be interested to see what happens in the sequels and if he is going to deal with some of Riley's hypocrisies - like complaining about the things rich people waste their money on while he is revealed to have his own private island - but even if it just remains a series of fairly straightforwards heists I think they will be fun if slightly mindless books to read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Becky Baldridge

    A new book by the author of the Dexter series? Absolutely, sign me up. Now, before I get into my thoughts on Just Watch Me, let me add that I haven't read the Dexter series, but I enjoyed the television series quite a lot. So, I suppose Riley Wolfe is supposed to be to thieves what Dexter was to serial killers? If so, something got lost in the translation for me because I didn't find anything likable about Riley. He is stealing from the rich and powerful who didn't exactly earn their money A new book by the author of the Dexter series? Absolutely, sign me up. Now, before I get into my thoughts on Just Watch Me, let me add that I haven't read the Dexter series, but I enjoyed the television series quite a lot. So, I suppose Riley Wolfe is supposed to be to thieves what Dexter was to serial killers? If so, something got lost in the translation for me because I didn't find anything likable about Riley. He is stealing from the rich and powerful who didn't exactly earn their money honestly, but I can't really say the same for the caper he's planning in this book. Nope, this is just because he's bored and wants a challenge, so why not attempt to steal the unstealable? Riley's talent for thievery reminds me a little of Neil from White Collar except for one thing - Neil was likable. Riley just isn't. Not even a little bit. Now, I have no problem with an unlikable main character, but I didn't find any of the characters in this one particularly likable. It's quite possible that I'm comparing apples to oranges with this book and the Dexter series, but if that's so, maybe it shouldn't have been used in the blurb. We're promised "a new, mesmerizing bad guy we can root for," and I didn't find that here. As far as the storyline and writing style, Just Watch Me starts off well enough, and it certainly piqued my interest with the caper Riley pulls off. Sadly, it fizzled from there with some serious lags in the story. The dialogue is often stilted with way too many dialogue tags. The "he said" "she said" after almost every line in conversation was repetitive and tedious, especially when only two people were talking. In the end, this one left me underwhelmed at best, and with the lags in the story, I had a really hard time getting through it. With that, I think it's safe to say that I won't be continuing with the series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    A heist with a master manipulator and disguise artist --Count me in! This had all the earmarks of a splendid thriller with plenty of action -or at least in the beginning- as for me I lost interest rather quickly. While I knew Reilly was our man I had a hard time with the intro's to the other individuals involved in all this 'wheeling and dealing' scenario. With this said, the lovely accomplice near the end would be great for the male counterparts but it's much like James Patterson's works when he A heist with a master manipulator and disguise artist --Count me in! This had all the earmarks of a splendid thriller with plenty of action -or at least in the beginning- as for me I lost interest rather quickly. While I knew Reilly was our man I had a hard time with the intro's to the other individuals involved in all this 'wheeling and dealing' scenario. With this said, the lovely accomplice near the end would be great for the male counterparts but it's much like James Patterson's works when he throws in a sexy gal or in this case an art forger to garnish a little buzz to help it all along. While she may have stirred the pot I didn't feel that extra spark. This was good but not great for me. However, I hope this finds you well and I hope you enjoy this one as variety is the spice of life.

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