Just Watch Me

A Novel
Narrated by: Jeff Lindsay
Series: Riley Wolfe, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
4 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2019 Jeff Lindsay (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Another blockbuster from a can’t-miss master. Enjoy the ride." (David Baldacci, author of One Good Deed)

"A brashly retro escapist caper reminiscent of Topkapi and just as likely to be filmed." (Kirkus)

"A lot of fun.... Fans of Lindsay’s Dexter novels will not be disappointed. Where will Riley strike next?" (Booklist starred review)

"[A] terrific series launch.... Fans of the Ocean’s Eleven film franchise will be eager for more." (Publishers Weekly starred review)

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A wolf in sheep’s clothing...

... living the life of Riley, Riley Wolfe that is!
From the creator of Dexter, this book is fantastic ! Seriously, this puts Evanocich’s Fox and O’Hare series to shame!
You have your super duper cat burglar thief and his expert forger friend. Then there is the FBI agent hot on his trail, he always knows who did the deed after it’s done but the goal is to catch him in the act. I did guess the ending but was satisfied all the same knowing I had gotten it right.
The publisher’s summary is very good. Not giving away too much but just enough. As with Dexter, you find yourself rooting for the bad guy.
Jeff Lindsay does an amazing job narrating his own book.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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Another sociopathic antihero

I was a big fan of the Dexter books although I wasn't happy with the last one. What I liked about Dexter was the dark humor described by Dexter as he saw life.

Jeff Lindsay has created a new character who is also lacking in empathy for other human beings. He is extremely clever and is able to figure out how to pull off big jewel heists that should be impossible, with the help of a very good art forger (whom he seems to be in love with--if it is possible for him to love someone). I didn't see the same kind of dark humor in this book as with the Dexter series, but it was exciting to follow how Riley Wolf planned to pull off a gigantic job. So far I don't have the sympathy for Riley Wolf that I had for Dexter. Both characters have a background which caused them to be the way they are, but in Wolf's case, it is a little more fuzzy.

There is an FBI agent who has been on the trail of Riley Wolf and that added another level of suspense. It was a good story and I will probably get future books of this series.

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Jeff ups his game !

A must have for every Dexter fan. And really, folks, Mr Lindsay is the brain of Dexter. Now he is the brain of his new character , Riley Wolf. A great F&^%g story, no b00L sheet filler, 12 hours of fook-tastic listening. And Jeff is a proper sterling narrator. His style distinguishes the many fascinating characters. His British cockney accent is a scream. I am getting carried away. All there is left to say is " More, Mr Lindsay, MORE Riley Wolf ".

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Book gets a REALLY BIG... meh!

I really like a good heist story, and this is from Jeff-freakin-Lindsay who wrote the Dexter series! So Just Watch Me has got to be good... Right? Wrong! What happened, where's the magic? I found that I was just soooooooo disappointed! Firstly, the protagonist (Riley Wolfe) wasn't very likeable, and although I tried not to compare him to Dexter, it was impossible not to do so, especially when Riley starts talking about the "darkness" that takes over and enables him to do some of what he does, oh come on now, how can you not compare "The Darkness" to "Dark Passenger"? Seriously?
And as with all heists, I expected the beginning's slow, methodical burn while Riley gets his metaphorical ducks in a row, and then the explosive edge-of-your-seat, adrenaline-pumping action! But unfortunately that's not what happened, as there wasn't one point, where I felt that Riley was in danger of being caught.
So instead of a dynamite story, I got a squib, a slow burn, with lots of potential, but the end just fizzled and guttered out. No magic here!
Jeff Lindsay is a competent narrator... blending into the story, and neither adding, nor distracting from the storytelling... so, no magic on the narration front, either.

Just Watch Me get a REALLY BIG... meh!

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Silly narrative!

This was a decent story...but ruined by silly, goofy narrative and gratuitous cursing. Now, I’m certainly not against colourful language, but some of the dialogue was off the charts ridiculous. Ie: Piss, shit, fuck it made me mad! Holy fuckkin’ Jesus Christ it was silly. Also, I did not like the narration. I felt the voicing was many times inappropriate for the situation.

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Hilarious

I don't think I've ever laughed so hard listening to an audiobook. This master criminal has such a vivid imagination. Dexter's demented cousin.

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Good Story, NARRATOR - not so much!

Good Story, NARRATOR - not so much! One would think that paying good money would lend for a good narrator....I guess not!

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unreadable

What a strange hog's breakfast of a book, assembled from fragments of 1940s-era moral sensibilities souped up for modern readers? This book was written for the beneficent return policies of Audible: save your credits for something (anything) better.

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Excellent listening

I’ll admit this was a purchase I hoped would fill the void left by our Dear Dexter and, happily, it was a comforting balm. I don’t know how Mr. Lindsay makes bad guys I love to root for, but I do hope he continues to do so for many books to come. This was such a fun listen, and I highly recommend it for anyone who like it dark and fun. The narration was flawless. How rare for a person to be gifted in both writing and narrating. This was well worth the credit and I hope the story and characters continue soon.

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Decent But Needed More Editing

I adored the Dexter books so was interested to read Jeff Lindsay’s newest. It was okay. Not great, not terrible. Original in spots and incredibly long and plodding in others. The author would have benefited from an editor willing to say, “you made your point three pages ago; move on.” Every fan of Dexter will want to read this book, but I think most will be a little bit disappointed. It’s not terrible; it’s just not as good as the Dexter series was.