Just Watch Me (Riley Wolfe #1)
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.

Just Watch Me (Riley Wolfe #1) Details

TitleJust Watch Me (Riley Wolfe #1)
Author
ReleaseDec 3rd, 2019
PublisherDutton
Rating
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery, Mystery Thriller

Just Watch Me (Riley Wolfe #1) Review

  • Jannelies
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Darinda
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Giveaway win!
  • Laura • lauralovestoread
    January 1, 1970
    “ 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 𝙼𝚎This 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 𝙼𝚎This 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.
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  • Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsHaving 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 starsHaving 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
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  • Kate (kate_reads_)
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Kelly (UnshelvedEdition)
    January 1, 1970
    Y’all. I hyped this book up so much in my head and let me tell you that it did not disappoint me at allJust 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 bookI 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 allJust 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 bookI flew through this book and didn’t want to look away and I think you will too. See more reviews on Instagram @UnshelvedEdition
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Kimba Tichenor
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Nope. Not for me. The writing style, the story-telling, character development... just nope.••••••••Ummm sign me the eff up.
  • Hayla
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • D.K. Hundt
    January 1, 1970
    '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!
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  • Rick
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Jacob
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Devann
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC copy of this book from Edelweissactual rating: 3.5There 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 Edelweissactual rating: 3.5There 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.
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing "cool" to do but reading sitting in front of the a/c as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader. (Yes it is hot and humid in Canada!) I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do . A masterful thief When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing "cool" to do but reading sitting in front of the a/c as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader. (Yes it is hot and humid in Canada!) I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. 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 per cent 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.YAAAAY - a book that I read today that I liked! (Only a SUPER speed reader would write that!) I love Riley Wolfe - freaking love him. I love devious people and this plot showcases him extremely well. The plot is tense and tight and I was rooting for the theft to take place ... and I cannot wait for the second book (3rd, 4th, 5th) in the series. I have never read any of the Dexter books but I am not sure if I could love a serial killer as much as I admire someone targetting the uber-uber-rich. This is a great book for anyone in search of a great twisty crime novel - bring on the diamonds, Mr Wolfe!(Mr Wolfe? Bring on the CSI Miami flashbacks!) As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "Social Influencer Millennials" on Instagram and Twitter) so let's give it 🐺 🐺 🐺 🐺 🐺 
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  • Marsha
    January 1, 1970
    I love Jeff Lindsay's warped talent for making us root for the most despicable of characters. The narrative voice is so engaging that one slips into the story like slipping into a warm bubble bath -- okay -- not quite a warm bubble bath because there are hopefully no psychopaths in the bath with you. A fun and quick read.
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  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    Now this book was a LOT of fun! As a fan of the Dexter show, I was thrilled to see that the author behind the novels is starting this new series. And Riley Wolfe is QUITE the character.A thief who is SO good, he goes for the big guns and likes any challenge. If you tell him he can't do it, he'll find a way. With master forger Monique, how could he go wrong? But while he's very good at what he does, he's not so great at having a conscious (but no one who is good at this kind of thing really would Now this book was a LOT of fun! As a fan of the Dexter show, I was thrilled to see that the author behind the novels is starting this new series. And Riley Wolfe is QUITE the character.A thief who is SO good, he goes for the big guns and likes any challenge. If you tell him he can't do it, he'll find a way. With master forger Monique, how could he go wrong? But while he's very good at what he does, he's not so great at having a conscious (but no one who is good at this kind of thing really would now would they?). You know who else is good at their job? Delgado. And he just took his personal time from the force to go after Wolfe. The chase is on.What's fantastic about this book is the intricate detail in how Wolfe goes about trying to steal the crown jewels. Every thing that he does. Just how deep he gets to find a way. It's almost too easy! The brilliance in the way it all comes together is truly remarkable. But now what?I'm so curious to where this can go. What could possibly be his next step? While some things seemed a bit out of this world, I absolutely was still riveted to the pages. I have some lingering questions that I wonder if they'll be answered as the series continues.... or if they're just leaving me hanging. But you're damn sure I'll be picking up book two as soon as it comes out.I wonder how the author feels about the ending of the tv series but that's neither here nor there (tbh, I hated it but now I want to go back and read all the novels). If you're looking for action and an Ocean's 11 type feel - this is definitely the book for you.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Thief extraordinaireRiley Wolfe is not your ordinary thief. He goes after jewels, art, and other items that are considered impossible to steal. He's been getting bored lately so when he reads that the Crown Jewels of the Persian Empire are going to be displayed in New York City with security measures that have never been seen before, he knows what his next job will be - the Daryayeh-E-Noor, the Ocean of Light, the largest pink diamond ever worth an estimated $15 BILLION.I've always enjoyed Thief extraordinaireRiley Wolfe is not your ordinary thief. He goes after jewels, art, and other items that are considered impossible to steal. He's been getting bored lately so when he reads that the Crown Jewels of the Persian Empire are going to be displayed in New York City with security measures that have never been seen before, he knows what his next job will be - the Daryayeh-E-Noor, the Ocean of Light, the largest pink diamond ever worth an estimated $15 BILLION.I've always enjoyed stories about jewel thefts and also treasure hunts for lost jewels so of course I wanted to read this book. Plus it's by the author of the DEXTER series, a favorite of mine.The story was great. My only problem was I thoroughly disliked the character of Riley Wolfe. There's backstory to explain why he is the way he is but I still didn't like him. Some of the side characters I did enjoy though including an art forger and an FBI Special Agent. I'm glad I read this book but it shows it's the first in a series and I don't believe I'll continue on with the series.I received this book from Dutton Books through Net Galley and Edelweiss in the hopes that I would read it and leave an unbiased review.
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  • Stephen
    January 1, 1970
    This is a masterful heist thriller that is one helluva fun read!The plot is positively genius. Riley Wolfe is a master thief. He is feeling somewhat stale. He needs a challenge. So he sets his sights on the Iranian Crown Jewels. In particular, the "Daryayeh-E-Noor", The Ocean of Light, a huge, flawless pink diamond that is worth at least fifteen billion dollars. That's right, that's billion, with a "B"!Riley is a complex and intriguing character. Through his backstory we discover what makes him This is a masterful heist thriller that is one helluva fun read!The plot is positively genius. Riley Wolfe is a master thief. He is feeling somewhat stale. He needs a challenge. So he sets his sights on the Iranian Crown Jewels. In particular, the "Daryayeh-E-Noor", The Ocean of Light, a huge, flawless pink diamond that is worth at least fifteen billion dollars. That's right, that's billion, with a "B"!Riley is a complex and intriguing character. Through his backstory we discover what makes him tick. His pyschological make-up. And "The Darkness".Riley is not averse to murder if someone stands in the way of a plan.Still, all in all, he's a likable guy.So, with the assistance of his sometimes ally, the beautiful art forger, Monique, he sets off on a seemingly impossible quest. One that will be the greatest heist...ever.Riley will have to overcome many obstacles. The least of which is FBI Special Agent Frank Delgado.Delgado is an intelligent and tenacious agent who's been on Riley's trail for years. He's made it his personal mission to bring Riley Wolfe down.This story is about as exhilarating as it gets. The writing is excellent and the idea is sheer brilliance.Bonus: Riley enjoys listening to music while working out his schemes, so there's a killer "soundtrack" to this tale.This is the start of a new series. i can't wait for the next one.Will Riley's plan work?Well. Riley Wolfe's #1 Law is. "There's always a way".Just watch him!This was an ARC giveaway in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Becky Baldridge
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Whitney Gaston
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a fun, fast-paced action story. I could definitely see this being turned into a movie. I don't typically read crime or action type books, but when I saw this was by the author of DEXTER I had to read it.We are introduced to a new bad guy, but we root for him the entire time. His name is Riley Wolfe, and I love how the story mixes together the details of his criminal heist as well as his childhood and background that brought him to this path in life.The story was very well told and This was such a fun, fast-paced action story. I could definitely see this being turned into a movie. I don't typically read crime or action type books, but when I saw this was by the author of DEXTER I had to read it.We are introduced to a new bad guy, but we root for him the entire time. His name is Riley Wolfe, and I love how the story mixes together the details of his criminal heist as well as his childhood and background that brought him to this path in life.The story was very well told and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.It was very well set up to be a series as well, so that is exciting.
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  • Jess Edgar
    January 1, 1970
    This book was captivating!Riley Wolfe is an anti-hero I can’t wait to read more about. He’s skillful and psychotic which made me root for him and also thankful that he’s fictional and I’ll never be in his path. He has quite a few characteristics that are unlike able but as an anti-hero protagonist, that works so well. I also really liked the character of Frank Delgado, the FBI agent who’s on to him. All in all, I am so glad I read this and I’m anxiously awaiting book two.
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  • Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun quick read about a man who steals just because he can. An expert heist book.Lots of characters and disguises, but not much meat.
  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the Dexter book series. Especially Cody and Aster. So I was super excited to read this new series. This started out a little slow for me. But once Katrina Hobson entered the story the pace picked up and I really had a lot of fun. Riley Wolfe is a true sociopath and he has no problem killing people who get in the way of his plans. There is one person he seems to like but it is unclear if he simply views her as a conquest or if he has real feelings. The heist planning and execution was I loved the Dexter book series. Especially Cody and Aster. So I was super excited to read this new series. This started out a little slow for me. But once Katrina Hobson entered the story the pace picked up and I really had a lot of fun. Riley Wolfe is a true sociopath and he has no problem killing people who get in the way of his plans. There is one person he seems to like but it is unclear if he simply views her as a conquest or if he has real feelings. The heist planning and execution was exciting. It truly seemed impossible, so trying to figure out what Riley would do next was entertaining. Although I still prefer Dexter, this series show promise. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
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