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Just Watch Me

(Riley Wolfe #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  629 ratings  ·  186 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…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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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
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 going on
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
Aug 16, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Giveaway win!
Laura • lauralovestoread
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2019, dutton-books
“ 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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.
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
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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’
D.K. Hundt
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
'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
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Cosas.and Stuff
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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 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
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
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 ...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