Just Watch Me by Jeff Lindsay
Published by Dutton on December 3, 2019 (expected)
Series: Riley Wolfe, #1
Genre(s): fiction, crime, thriller
Format & Length: e-book, 320
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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.
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 more thought out than others. Unsurprisingly, Riley stands out from the rest as being more 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.