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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Review: Just Watch Me by Jeff Lindsay @duttonbooks @dexterjeff

Just Watch Me 
by Jeff Lindsay

Publisher: Dutton
Publish Date: December 3, 2019
320 Pages
Series: Riley Wolfe #1
Genre: Thriller

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.

My Review:

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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