Just Watch Me: A Novel
A novel by Jeff Lindsay
Book review by Jules Brenner
Dutton, released 12/3/19, 368 pp., $26.00
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He's at it again. That is, Jeff Lindsay, the author who created Dexter, and he's hereby introducing another young man with quirks and powers who does despicable things to very bad people who deserve to die, or to bad countries which deserve to lose a priceless part of their treasure if it's going to prove that, in the "impossible to do" universe, he has no equal. This is the first of what may become a series.

Riley Wolfe has, since childhood, trained himself to pull off grand schemes that would outdo what he had done before. His schemes required three primary things: that the feat be considered impossible; it involves the taking of riches from corrupt and evil sources while leaving no trace of evidence; and that the ultimate result would be his own personal wealth. In the universe of people who live to challenge themselves to feel alive and correct injustices, Riley is a rocket in a field of rocks.

The first example of this MO is the stealing of a brand-new $50 million dollar statue built to-self glorify Arthur Nesselrode, billionaire big-pharma CEO who meets his end in a spectacularly inglorioius manner.

But, as startling as the intricate job was to pull off without a hitch, and as lucrative as it was for Riley, he is anything but pleased. It was too easy. Riley hated that. The next one would have to exceed this one by orders of magnitude; something that even he would consider impossible, only to pull it off despite the greatest risk he ever created for himself. When he learns that the Crown Jewels of Iran, soon to be exhibited in one of the most heavily guarded museums in Chicago, he finds his mission to go down in history as the only person who could outfox advanced electronic security and two armed guard teams of killers to obtain the Daryayeh-E-Noor, the 15 Billion dollar centerpiece of the Iranian collection. That, or die trying.

His elaborate scheme involves Monique, a vixenish lady he likes very much, and an extraordinarily talented art forger who he tasks to make an absolutely undetectable copy of a treasured painting. And he's not yet aware of clever FBI Special Agent Frank Delgado who is on a mission to track down and nail the outlandishly devious thief.

For Lindsay lovers the question is, does this sound like the coming of another Dexter? Perhaps not, but outrageous is Lindsay's middle name, and it pays off as another edgy, fun character creation with whom we're just getting started.

For Lindsay lovers the question is, does this sound like the coming of another Dexter? Perhaps not, but audacity is lindsay's middle name, and it pays off as another fun creation with whom we're just getting started. You in? I am.

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