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Don't Ever Get Old

Book 1, Buck Schatz Series - A Mystery

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 12, 2012 – 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. Schatz s memory is less and less reliable, and his physical decline is making his world a gradually shrinking circle. That circle becomes a good deal larger after he agrees to a request to visit Jim Wallace, a soldier he served with in WWII who s on his deathbed. Wallace reveals that Heinrich Ziegler, the SS officer who ran the POW camp where both Schatz and Wallace were imprisoned, survived the war. On top of that shocker, Wallace reveals that he facilitated the Nazi s escape in exchange for a gold bar. Schatz s furious reaction accelerates Wallace s demise and sets off a frantic search for Ziegler and the treasure he still possesses. Friedman makes his limited lead plausible, and bolsters the story line with wickedly funny dialogue.

Customer Reviews


Excellent first book. The main character keeps your interest throughout the book. Each page you look forward to what he will say and what logic he will use to move the plot ahead.

His grandson is crude but intelligent and curious. Together they combine the wisdom of an old police officer and the grandsons ability to decipher information in a modern world.

Looking ahead to the next novel with the same hero, a near 90 year old cranky person with nothing to lose.

A strange book

A strange book but very entertaining and funny ... Also a little sad.

Should have won the Edgar

Don't Ever Get Old was one of the best mysteries I've read this year. It's protagonist, octogenarian Buck Schatz is like something out of an Elmore Leonard novel -- if Elmore were Jewish, that is. Smartly written, with dialogue that crackles and and a well-paced story, Daniel Friedman's debut deserved that Edgar nomination. In my opinion, it should have won. Rumor has it we may be treated to a second Buck Schatz mystery. Here's hoping.

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Don't Ever Get Old
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Police Procedural
  • Published: May 22, 2012
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Buck Schatz Series
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