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Just Watch Me

(Riley Wolfe #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  68 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by Dutton
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May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
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
Aug 16, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Giveaway win!
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
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Kate (kate_reads_)
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nope. Not for me. The writing style, the story-telling, character development... just nope.


Ummm sign me the eff up.
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
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
Donna Hines
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
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
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Faith Hurst-Bilinski
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Being a fan of the Dexter series I was initially disappointed to be declined an electronic version of this new book. Later, I was thrilled to get the chance to read an advanced physical copy of this new book, the start of a new series even, by Jeff Lindsay. Hearing it was about someone who steals from and sometimes kills the 1%, I was worried it would rehash ground covered thoroughly by Dexter. The comparisons are, thankfully, limited. It is really two different looks at anti-social personality ...more 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
Ren HappilyBuriedInBooks
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Riley Wolfe is a fantastic character in his own right, but it’s not inaccurate to assume that if you love Dexter, you’ll like Riley, too. He’s smart, funny, a quick thinker with some quirks, and has a literal rack full of personalities. (He also provides a soundtrack to coincide with his “event planning.”)

Special Agent Frank Delgado can’t let the past stay there, and uses his vacation time to start his own background research and one-man hunt for Riley Wolfe. Also stacked against Wolfe in his
Stars In Her Eye
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just Watch Me is Jeff Lindsay’s latest novel after bidding his infamous character Dexter behind
Riley Wolfe gets his thrills from thefts and disguises. But Riley isn't your typical con man; he's not running Ponzi scheme or such. Riley goes big, ripping a statue right from its anchors at its unveiling. But he's getting bored; the thrill diminishes after each scheme. Then Riley finds his big get: the Crown Jewels of Iran. It will take all great foresight and master talents of disguise to make this
Kathy Martin
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an entertaining heist story which introduces a new thief to the world of fiction. Riley Wolfe is a master thief, and master of disguises, and a man who has always liked a challenge. The story begins with him stealing a twelve ton statue from right in front of a group of people and killing the billionaire who donated it to the city.

That sets the tone for the story that follows. Riley needs a challenge and he isn't unwilling to kill people - especially if they are rich - if they happen
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 ...more
Jean Kolinofsky
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With an incredible opening heist, Jeff Lindsay introduces Riley Wolfe, a master of disguise, a thief without equal and a character that you may dislike even as you hope to see him succeed. In an effort to stay sharp and test his skills, he decides to find an impossible target and plan the perfect theft. The opportunity arises when he reads that the Iranian Crown Jewels will be on display at a New York museum. Guarded by a contingent of Iranian elite forces, a professional security firm and an ...more
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
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
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a huge fan of the Dexter series, this new one by Jeff Lindsay really got me so excited. As I have been trying to catch up on my ever-growing TBR pile, I made sure to try to read this one first.

Thank you to @netgalley and @duttonbooks for the advanced copy for my honest review.

Tiny Synopsis: From @goodreads :Riley Wolfe, world famous thief and master of disguise (mission impossible-style) and doing whatever it takes to get a job done. His new impossible plan is to find a way to steal the Crown
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Riley Wolfe isn’t your common thief. He is after big ticket items and revenge on the one “per centers.” He is in constant training to make his equipment, disguises and plans foolproof. Like a professional athlete, he enjoys degrees of difficulty and seemingly impossible challenges. All this is to prove that he is the best and can accomplish his toughest goals, or as he puts it “just watch me.”

In this first caper, Wolfe’s goal is a jewel heist of the premier Iranian crown jewel. This collection
Kimba Tichenor
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
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 ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Master Thief and His Greatest Crime

An enormous statue by a famous modern artist is stolen from Nesselrode Plaza at it’s dedication ceremony. It couldn’t be done, but Riley Wolfe did it. It was a great accomplishment, but now he’s bored. He wants to do something to top his achievement, but it has to be grand, something to enlarge his already prodigious reputation.

Riley settles on stealing one of the Crown Jewels from the Persian Empire. It would be a lunatic idea to steal it in Iran, but they’
Jill Elizabeth
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
You may not know Jeff Lindsay by name, but if you pay any attention to pop culture, you likely do know who he is – he’s the man who introduced Dexter (sociopathic blood spatter expert) to the world. I confess, I haven’t read the Dexter books. I have seen the television show, and it’s creepy and eerie and fascinating – like so many sociopath stories are – which left me feeling just familiar enough with the type of character that Lindsay creates to be intrigued by the prospect of a new series. I ...more
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I was drawn to this book when I read the author also wrote the Dexter series. I like the premise of bad people punishing bad people. While Just Watch Me has some of that concept, Jeff Lindsay is a little more loose with it and people who are not "bad" are sometimes hurt.

The story is a little slow in the beginning, but keep with it - it gets good (well, not so much "good," but there's more action) about halfway through. Like any book of this genre (master art/jewel thief), it's a little
Diane Hernandez
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, edelweiss
Riley Wolfe has a problem. He is just too good at what he does. And what is that you ask? Riley is a cold-blooded master thief. When he sees a $15 billion Iranian diamond is coming to an American museum, he decides to steal it. Even with state-of-the-art electronic security, retired special forces guards and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards watching? Riley’s up for the challenge. As he says, “Think that’s crazy? Suicidal? Impossible? It is. Think it can’t be done?” Just Watch Me.

This book was
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thief extraordinaire

Riley 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
Since Dexter ended, I've been curious to see what Lindsay would write next. Needless to say, I was thrilled with the chance to read this first book in his new series featuring Riley Wolfe. Another anti-hero, Riley is smart, charming, a master of disguises - and a master thief. Riley shares some elements in common with Dexter, but these echoes don't harm the book in any way! The plot is genuinely fun - and there are moments that I laughed out loud and also was chewing my lips and fingers with ...more
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Jeff Lindsay lives in Florida with his wife, author Hilary Hemingway, daughter of Leicester Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway's brother.

Lindsay is best known for writing the Dexter series of novels. Several of his earlier published works include his wife as a co-author.

Jeff graduated from Middlebury College, Vermont, in 1975, and Celebration Mime Theatre's Clown School the same year. He received a

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