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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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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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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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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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new reader

Jeff Lindsey writes great novels, but he does not perform them all that well. They need to get a better reader. From the mispronouncing of words, to the annoying character voices, he's just not a good performer.

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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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No thanks to a book well written

Well written. It was performed just fine. Jeff Lindsay is a talented good author who did create a unique series.

The main character would kill you without a thought to reach his goals. Killing rich people to get what they want? Well, of course, the rich deserve it. Destroy people physically, Emotionally? What? That's a problem? He cannot see why.

He is not nice, charming, nor robin hood; he makes it up with arrogance and scorn for those he meets. There is no moral or ethical base except one thing - the end justifies the means, any means.

Dexter? At least he lived by principles that allow (in fiction) some justifications.

Reacher? A near sociopath, who the author uses to kill genuine bad guys for a cause that he is reluctant about.

Agent X, Gray man -- all do violence. All are in some way justified. (In the world of fiction at least.)

Just fair for you to know. An anti-hero on steroids.

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Guess writer only had one good story to tell

Dexter book series was fantastic this book series sucks its extremely unrealistic the character is to cocky and just bland as fuck and not appealing. Natrator was bland as well

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Great Yarn Rooting for the Bad Guy

The impossible caper up against the best of the best.
Well written. and narrated by the author.. Great job !
Hard to put down as it puts our clever & likeable thief
against his ultimate challenge. The ending was a bit
less than fully satisfying but made sense. Otherwise a 5 Star read ! Brad Thor recommended it as a summer read pick. Good choice.

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very twisty

lots of twists, some I saw coming, some i didn't. the ending (very very last part) was creepy. not in a 'I will be awake for the next 3 days wondering what happened' but 'I will be awake for the next 3 days wondering if that woman is safe from him for the rest of her life'. pretty well done otherwise though.