Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman

89%

13 Critic Reviews

Friedman makes his limited lead plausible, and bolsters the story line with wickedly funny dialogue.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

When Buck Schatz, senior citizen and retired Memphis cop, learns that an old adversary may have escaped Germany with a fortune in stolen gold, Buck decides to hunt down the fugitive and claim the loot. But a lot of people want a piece of the stolen treasure, and Buck’s investigation quickly attracts unfriendly attention from a very motley (and murderous) crew in Daniel Friedman's Don't Ever Get Old, nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel.

 

About Daniel Friedman

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DANIEL FRIEDMAN is a graduate of the University of Maryland and NYU School of Law. He lives in New York City.
 
Published May 22, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 305 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Don't Ever Get Old
All: 13 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
Apr 01 2012

A sardonically appealing debut for a detective who assures his long-suffering grandson, “I care about people. I just don’t like them.”

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 12 2012

Friedman makes his limited lead plausible, and bolsters the story line with wickedly funny dialogue.

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Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Mary Foster on May 29 2012

Getting old isn't fun, but reading about Buck coping with it and a slew of dirty deeds – and possibly fatal adversaries – is.

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The Celebrity Cafe

Excellent
Reviewed by John Neal on Jul 26 2012

Buck’s age and lifestyle probably won’t allow him to enjoy many more adventures but I’m looking forward to more from him.

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Greenwood Public Library

Excellent
Reviewed by Sara on Jun 27 2012

Bringing this character to an action-packed mystery was a gamble, but the result is a funny, and highly entertaining read.

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Mystery Scene

Excellent
Reviewed by Derek Hill

It's a pitch-perfect debut novel, expertly balancing comedy, gritty crime drama, absurdity, and genuine poignancy.

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Thinking About Books

Good
Reviewed by David Marshall on Jul 09 2012

In the end Don’t Ever Get Old does say some wise things about the passage of time and whether revenge solves anything.

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Fresh Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Tanzey Cutter on May 07 2012

This new mystery series is witty and quirky and will have you laughing out loud at Buck's antics.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Good
Reviewed by Caryn St Clair on Jun 01 2012

Friedman was taken what on the surface would seem like a grim plot (former concentration camp survivor tracks down camp guard), and instead given readers a very funny treasure hunt with one unforgettable protagonist in Buck Schatz.

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Criminal Element

Good
Reviewed by Terrie Moran on May 16 2012

This book reflects back to a serious and dreadful time in world history and yet, Buck is so funny in his approach to life, that I laughed my way throughout.

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Buried Under Books

Good
Reviewed by Carol Crigger on Jul 01 2012

The mystery is good, but it’s the characters who make this book... Author Friedman brings them to life with sharp dialogue and just the right amount of description.

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King of the Nerds!!!

Good
Reviewed by Mike on Aug 07 2012

Violent without being gritty, humorous while still being insightful Don’t Ever Get Old hits all the right notes in its madcap journey.

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Pop Goes Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Lora Bruggeman on May 28 2012

Don't Ever Get Old is an entertaining debut mystery with lots of personality.

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