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Just Watch Me

(Riley Wolfe #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  1,658 ratings  ·  365 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, 367 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by Dutton
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Kyri Freeman I think it was wise for Lindsay to obscure the details of this and use handwavium instead. I was thinking maybe she was cutting down crystal, cubic zi…moreI think it was wise for Lindsay to obscure the details of this and use handwavium instead. I was thinking maybe she was cutting down crystal, cubic zirconium or very fancy Lucite, and then imitating the setting? But he never explains it clearly, which is just as well since it's not quite plausible IMO.(less)

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Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library
"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
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
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 boo
Well, this definitely isn't Dexter, but it's not bad. The biggest struggle for me is that I really don't like Riley, but he is still interesting. The psychopathic way that he can change personalities and do literally ANYTHING to get to his end game is both despicable and fascinating.

I do love that the story is told from the view of other characters, especially from the law enforcement angle. This made for a much more enjoyable experience in the book.

The ending shows just how jacked up Riley is
Aug 16, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Giveaway win!
Cosas.and Stuff
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
2 stars

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
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 ...more
Dec 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
A fun, fast paced heist book that has some quality issues but ultimately wins you over with its entertainment value.

The good: The heist itself is loads of fun, clever and complex, and packed with good surprises. The pacing is excellent, there are no plot holes, and some of the humor is on point.

The bad: The writing is pretty awful. Even by action thriller standards. The main character is surprisingly unlikable (unusual for a heist book, where generally we easily root for the thief). And the au
Rachel (Royal_Reading_Company)
Nope. Not for me. The writing style, the story-telling, character development... just nope.


Ummm sign me the eff up.
Laura • lauralovestoread
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, dutton-books, 2019
“ 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 Jew
Nicole Chinnici
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 compu
Jan 22, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-a-z
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 t ...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 t
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
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 bo
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.
This was okay. Sort of in line with James Patterson + coauthors mystery thrillers. If that is your thing you may like this one as well. It's fast paced and light. ...more
Jaime F.
3.5 stars. Good read. But, I found it somewhat predictable and a bit loose in its plot.

The ending, well, I was expecting more than what it did.

Overall: “Just Watch Me” by Jeff Lindsay has its highs and lows a 50/50 ratio. Entertaining none the less.
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 secu ...more
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 w ...more
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 h
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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 enigm
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up. Author of the Dexter series (LOVE Dexter), I’ve had my eye on this book since it released late last year. It was an enjoyable ride and one for fans of Catch me if you can or Thomas Crown Affair. Riley is a fun character to follow along with even if the story is a bit predictable.
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
Matthew Galloway
I absolutely loathed Riley. I think I was supposed to be impressed at his brilliance and that would carry me through. Unfortunately, to me, it seemed like this was one of those capers that works mostly just because it does. There are certainly a couple of clever bits, but the rest... I guess I am supposed to feel he's a genius for spotting all these weaknesses that life just happened to set up for him to exploit... But mostly I kept finding myself thinking, "Well, that was convenient." And some ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
PROTAGONIST: Riley Wolfe, master thief
SETTING: New York City
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
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2020
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 fill
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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 doub

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