*Starred Review* The title of this knockout of a book is misleading. Ninetyish, retired Memphis homicide cop Buck Schatz makes coot-dom look like a riot. Buck is an abrasive old party with not an ounce of codger cuteness. He has trouble remembering; his skin has grown papery; he can’t push his lawn mower anymore. But his cop’s watchfulness is intact. He keeps his .375 Magnum close by. He’s a death-camp survivor—his real name is Baruch—and right off, he learns that the sadistic guard who brutalized him is likely still alive and the possessor of much stolen Nazi gold. To honor the Nazi’s victims and maybe grab the gold, Buck and his chatterbox grandson go on a quest. But who are these people who suddenly come out of the woodwork—a loan shark, a scholar, a pretty Israeli soldier? And why does everyone start dying? In prose as straightforward and tough as old Buck, the plot reveals its secrets with perfect timing. It’s a shock when the killer’s identity is revealed. But, then, we think eventually, who else could it be? --Don Crinklaw
Once you start reading this wonderfully original and totally engrossing story, you'll do what I did: keep reading . . . When I'm 87, I want to be Buck Schatz.
Friedman's excellent debut introduces a highly unusual hero, 87-year-old, politically incorrect Buck Schatz, a former member of the Memphis PD, who's become a living legend...Friedman makes his limited lead plausible, and bolsters the story line with wickedly funny dialogue.
Knockout of a book.
A sardonically appealing debut.
Short chapters, crackling dialogue, and memorable characters make this a standout debut. Evokes Elmore Leonard.
"Getting old isn't fun, but reading about Buck coping with it and a slew of dirty deeds -- and possibly fatal adversaries (is."
It's a pitch-perfect debut novel, expertly balancing comedy, gritty crime drama, absurdity, and genuine poignancy. It's also one of the most assured debuts in some time... Highly recommended
- Mystery Scene
Friedman's debut novel is one of the most original and entertaining tales I have read in many a moon...Don't Ever Get Old
is just about as good as debut mysteries get.
Buck transcends masculinity in favor of manliness... If you don't like this book, there's something wrong with you.
- Douglas Lord, "Books For Dudes" columnist for Library Journal
Daniel Friedman is the Jewish Elmore Leonard. Friedman is a master storyteller who can speed your heart up and stop it on a dime.
"Laugh-out-loud funny as well as surprisingly poignant. Kudos to Daniel Friedman for giving us a nearly ninety-year-old hero who's not going gently into that good night (he's going out with guns blazing, F-bombs flying and a pack of Lucky Strikes."
We have nothing to fear from aging, if Don't Ever Get Old is any measure. By turns gritty and snappy, Friedman's clever debut novel is like an epilogue to 'Inglorious Basterds,' sixty-six years later.
If you read one book this year about the adventures of an eighty-eight-year-old Jewish retired cop and his frat-boy grandson, it had better be Daniel Friedman's Don't Ever Get Old
. Friedman creates a colorful cast of oddball characters and sends them on a quest to recover a stash of Nazi gold. The result is a twisty, funny, fast-paced treat.
"In this crackling debut, Dan Friedman paints a pitch-perfect portrait of crusty, gun-toting, octogenarian Jewish ex-cop Baruch "Buck" Schatz as he searches for Nazi gold. Funny, suspenseful, and poignant, Don't Ever Get Old
will stick with you long after you've turned the last page. If you love a great story well-told, put Friedman high on your list of "must reads."