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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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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!

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Huge Historical Error

Note to author...
please learn your history!!

William Tecumseh Sherman was a ruthless leader in the UNION army. He was responsible for the burning of Atlanta and vowed to burn a 100 mile path to the sea through the south.
There would be NO 87 year old southerner alive, much less one born and raised in Georgia, that would EVER name their son after Sherman and claim him to be the greatest general ever.
About the book...
DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME!! Story line is ridiculous and the narrator isn't very good.

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Nothing about this story was believable. I enjoyed the narration and that was about it.

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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.

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Getting old as a Pre-Historic Dinosaur Cop

As one from the above title I can relate to the way Buck see’s things. My war was VN and 44 years as a cop. When I started it was a S&W 6 shot revolver, 6 extra bullets. Night stick, pair handcuffs and a whistle. The Google and social media was great comparison of two different eras. We researched the newspaper and thrifty nickel for glues to a case. Talked with real people not texting. When the transition to computers and dressing for war uniforms came along I adjusted but still love the old way of doing business. Just like Buck the personal contact when trying to find out things. This will be one of my favorite mysteries. Thanks MikeT

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Very good. Didn't get interesting till around middle of the book. Nick Sullivan did an outstanding narrative.

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Did he say Colored?

First this author called the black lady Colored.
Then he referred to the black man as Black. Then he went back to calling us, and yes I’m speaking for All Black People in this instance, Colored! I’m sure a lot of Non Black people will make excuses for this language: Oh the character is an old man or that’s just the time he’s living in. This book is Present Day! Never will I listen nor read anything from this author. Thankfully I got this book for free.

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A Delightful Ride!

This story was a fun read. I barely kept up with all the twists and turns. Buck's dialogue was the best part of the whole book. I sincerely hope I don't live long enough to experience some of the common frailties described in the story. All in all, I'm glad l took the ride through the country.

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I sort of liked the main character, irascible old man, and tried very hard to get into the book but I just couldn't. It kept getting more and more ridiculous and I finally quit about half way through. Narration was pretty good. Lots of gratuitous profanity. I don't mind profanity in the right places but there was no point to most of it in this book. I am moving on.

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Just Do It

Don't hesitate to buy. It was a free selection for me from the audible plus catalog. Book flowed well. Story line on time. You saw a mixture of old and new. The grandson ushered in new technology. Even with new technology the end results is still the same. Justice. It showed the decisions that we make and the cost we pay. The book shows what happens if you die too soon or live too long. Loved it.