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Don’t Ever Get Old | [Daniel Friedman]

Don’t Ever Get Old

When Buck learns that an old adversary may have escaped Germany with a fortune in stolen gold, he decides to hunt down the fugitive and claim the loot. But lots of people want a piece of the stolen treasure, and Buck’s investigation quickly attracts unfriendly attention from a Mississippi loan shark, a seven-foot-tall Hasidic Jew, and a bloodthirsty maniac hell-bent on rubbing out everybody who knows anything about the stolen gold.
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Publisher's Summary

This is the first in a one-of-a-kind, spectacularly well-written mystery series featuring Buck Schatz, an eighty-seven-year-old retired Memphis cop with a know-it-all, plugged-in grandson as his sidekick.

When Buck learns that an old adversary may have escaped Germany with a fortune in stolen gold, he decides to hunt down the fugitive and claim the loot. But lots of people want a piece of the stolen treasure, and Buck’s investigation quickly attracts unfriendly attention from a Mississippi loan shark, a seven-foot-tall Hasidic Jew, and a bloodthirsty maniac hell-bent on rubbing out everybody who knows anything about the stolen gold.

Readers who love Elmore Leonard, Walter Mosley, early Jonathan Lethem, and superlative detective fiction in general will not want to miss Don’t Ever Get Old.

Daniel Friedman is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the NYU School of Law. He lives in New York City.

©2012 Daniel Friedman (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Once you start reading this wonderfully original and totally engrossing story, you’ll do what I did: keep reading…When I’m eighty-seven, I want to be Buck Schatz." (Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times bestselling author)

"Excellent…Friedman makes his limited lead plausible and bolsters the story line with wickedly funny dialogue." (Publishers Weekly)

"Crackling dialog and memorable characters make this a standout debut. With his curmudgeonly lead, Friedman ensures his intergenerational detective story maintains a pitch-perfect tone. The underlying theme of revenge balances a wacky plot that evokes Elmore Leonard. This has a direct topical connection with P. J. Tracy’s Live Bait, too." (Library Journal)

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    Ronna United States 07-30-13
    Ronna United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "It's a "Buck Schatz"!! And it's great!!"

    What a terrific main character!! Buck Schatz is an 83 year old retired policeman who refuses to acknowledge that age can keep him down. He rages against the grass that he can no longer keep beautiful. He lights up a cigarette everywhere he goes, even in non-smoking areas. He keeps a memory notebook where he writes important things in his life in hopes of warding off dementia. A simple bump leaves his thin skin with multiple shades of bruising. He rages against, yet deeply loves, his grown grandson whenever technology and electronics are brought up, as Buck has no idea how to use these things. He keeps his gun handy at all times because of a directive from the late General Eisenhower. He has a deep abiding love for his wife of over 60 years. He's a determined curmudgeon and a hoot and a half!

    When Buck hears a rumor that the Nazi that beat him nearly to death, while he was in a Nazi prison, may still be alive and hiding Nazi gold bars made from Jewish treasures, Buck goes on the chase. Buck and his grandson make an hilarious and poignant pair of detectives. There are many secrets, multiple murders and intriguing suspects, requiring Buck to use everything within him to answer questions, and to stay alive.

    Daniel Friedman has captured everything bad and everything wonderful about "old people". This story is deeply serious, while keeping the funny bone busy. Definitely a book worthy of many accolades!! May this just be the beginning of a long line of such uniquely engaging books!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 04-28-14
    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 04-28-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Seize the day, old people"

    Very funny crime caper featuring an 88-year-old former cop, his wry, long-suffering wife and his violent yet geeky grandson. Violence runs in this family, although got to say, their adversaries have it coming.

    Nick Sullivan is fabulous in a variety of voices. Loved it. Worth a credit? Hell yes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 02-17-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Very enjoyable."

    Have you seen the movie “Dirty Harry” with Clint Eastwood? This book’s main character (Buck) is Dirty Harry when he gets old. He’s growly, grumpy, and insults others. He doesn’t play nice with authority. Yet he still has his moral compass against those who do harm. (The Dirty Harry comparison is my interpretation, but I believe the author was inspired by him. The character’s name in the book is Buck Schatz.)

    I was surprised at how often I was chuckling. A sample of the kind of humor follows. There might be a treasure of Nazi gold bars. Buck has nothing to do with it and wants nothing to do with it. But people keep coming to him because they think he’ll be able to find it. He doesn’t care.

    I think the best stories start with unusual and intriguing characters. This book has that. It’s a treasure hunt, mystery, and murder. And it has an excellent ending for the good guys.

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    The narrator Nick Sullivan was good. But I was iffy about a couple of his voices. I would have preferred Clint Eastwood narrating because he is Dirty Harry - and he’s in his 80s - or a narrator who sounds like Clint Eastwood. I was thinking of Dirty Harry throughout the book.

    Genre: mystery suspense

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. Whitaker 06-26-14
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    If you could sum up Don’t Ever Get Old in three words, what would they be?

    Clever, Funny, Cantankerous


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Dirty Harry turns 88. Buck Schatz is a Jewish retired homicide detective with no inner monologue who was the inspiration for the Dirty Harry character. It's a hilarious combination, and I could not wait to see what Buck would say or do next.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book was so unexpectedly good that I am writing my first ever book review. I usually listen to faster paced mystery/thrillers but I so enjoyed the character of Buck and the clever dialogue that I have been thinking about this book since I read it. As mentioned in the book, older people are often relegated to a minor character, one whose role is to support and pass along wisdom to the younger protagonist, before they exit, quite literally. It is quite refreshing to see an outspoken robust old leading man (to say the least about him). Glad to see there is a sequel, can't wait to read it!


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    Ben New York, NY, United States 05-21-14
    Ben New York, NY, United States 05-21-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic"

    I have listened to hundreds of books on Audible and this is probably my all-time favorite. Schatz is a great character and the book is laugh out loud funny. Also, the narrator is very good and a perfect fit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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