Jeff Lindsay – Just Watch Me

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.


I had the wonderful audiobook version and while I absolutely loved hearing the voice that I now associated with Dexter in my mind telling a tale of planning and organising a heist, I felt none of the dark dread I was hoping for. No witticism, no crazy insight into people’s psychological demons and no main character that will use a magnifying glass on the serial behaviour of *cough* thieves.

“I don’t like a lot of people.  It’s counterproductive.”

The author needs to reread “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and see how a reader can be led to root for the villain. It’s not enough to tell us that Riley is charming and engaging. You need to show it. In this book Riley is just a murdering, greedy, deceitful asshole who is perfect at everything he attempts.

It’s the perfection that got me. He’s too damn skilled. Nobody can catch him. So booring! The writing was repetitive and all that planning! I get it’s a heist and it needs to be properly planned but I got bored about half way in as nothing was happening.

If this were a debut novel, I would totally understand it – I have nothing but respect for the author of Dexter. BUT. This is not a debut novel, this is a pretty obvious attempt at a career restart with another serial character, perfect and despicable and bland.

There felt like a lot of filler and that the plot really didn’t get moving until the last 50 pages. Too often the first 3/4 of the book was filled with telling (something that drives me nuts with Grisham) and little complications for the main character. We’re told he’s a master thief, second to none but not really shown this past the first scene. The parts I enjoyed most were the FBI doggedly on his tail and again we’re just told Riley keeps alluding him and not how.

 

 


 

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