Just Watch Me (Riley Wolfe #1)

Just Watch Me (Riley Wolfe #1) 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 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 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 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. 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 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 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, Likely, Leave Him Dead 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 thought out than others Unsurprisingly, Riley stands out from the rest as being 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. 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 reviews on Instagram UnshelvedEdition 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. If you loved the Dexter books as much as I did, then you must meet Riley Wolfe, Lindsay s newestuh 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 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 Giveaway win , This was such a fast paced read for me I couldn t see what tricks that Riley Wolfe would pull out next He s in a mission to break in and steal the Iranian Crown Jewels If anyone gets in his way, Riley just finds a way to move forward, not caring whether he kills them in the process or not While reading I couldn t help but be reminded of Oceans Eleven, and thinking how this would play out in a tv series Excited for the next book Thank you Dutton for this gifted book for review All opinions are my own.

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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