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  • Title: Don't Ever Get Old
  • Author: DanielFriedman
  • ISBN: 9780312606930
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Hardcover
  • DON T EVER GET OLD was one of mystery publishing s biggest critical successes last year, earning starred reviews from every major trade publication, garnering nominations for the Edgar, Thriller, and Anthony awards, and winning the Macavity Award for Best First Novel The producer of four Harry Potter films and the Sherlock Holmes sequel, Lionel Wigram, is writing the scriDON T EVER GET OLD was one of mystery publishing s biggest critical successes last year, earning starred reviews from every major trade publication, garnering nominations for the Edgar, Thriller, and Anthony awards, and winning the Macavity Award for Best First Novel The producer of four Harry Potter films and the Sherlock Holmes sequel, Lionel Wigram, is writing the script for the movie and producing the film version.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.
    Don t Ever Get Old DON T EVER GET OLD was one of mystery publishing s biggest critical successes last year earning starred reviews from every major trade publication garnering nominations for the Edgar Thriller and

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    1. God, how d we get so old If I d seen it coming, I d have got out of the way When a dying war buddy tells 87 year old Buck Schatz that a Nazi prison guard escaped Germany alive with a car trunk full of gold bars, Schatz has no interest in recovering the loot His motto has always been, When you have the option to do nothing, you should always take it However, his curiosity is piqued enough that he drops by Memphis police headquarters where he spent over 20 years on the job Holy shit, man, you re a [...]

    2. Listen, if you like hardboiled mysteries with quirky characters and an offbeat plot you should really just stop reading and go pick up Daniel Friedman s debut novel Don t Ever Get Old In a bizarre twist Don t Ever Get Old is one of two novels this summer to feature a geriatric protagonist the other being Barry Fantoni s Harry Lipkin, Private Eye but don t let Buck Schatz s eighty odd years fool you he is as mean and as tough as he was back when he was policing the streets, even if his memory isn [...]

    3. 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 The [...]

    4. 3.5 Love Buck Schwartz, the 87 yr old octogenarian who had been a police detective for thirty years, and becomes in broiled in a mystery and a hunt for an SS officer who abused him in a concentration camp Love his sarcastic comments and his ironic outlook on the life of the elderly as well as the grim outlook for his own future Although the concentration camp subject matter was disturbing and serious, the book is full of humor, interesting characters and many many witticisms.

    5. Baruch Buck Schatz is a dinosaur, a retired cop in his mid eighties, who fondly remembers the days when the phone book was a reliable interrogation tool This unusual choice enables Friedman to enjoy the legacy of hard boiled detective novels while residing in the present Buck takes an abrasive pleasure in smoking, rebuffing pity, and asserting his independence Try to tempt him into the realm of past regrets Regrets were for suckers The world was full of used up men, sitting glassy eyed on park b [...]

    6. At 88 years old, Buck Schatz is a mean, colorful curmudgeon who swears, smokes cigarettes and keeps his service revolver cleaned and ready for action He is learning to deal with his aging body and those annoying memory lapses But the retired Memphis cop s sedentary life changes when he learns that the Nazi who tortured him in a World War II POW camp is alive and might have a stash of stolen gold Buck and his grandson Tequila decide to go after the old Nazi, and run into a lot of trouble and dead [...]

    7. Book Info Genre Mystery Thriller Reading Level Adult Recommended for Anyone who likes a good storyDisclosure I received a free eGalley from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.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 unfriend [...]

    8. I had higher hopes for this book Both my parents read it and thought it was good but the I read, the less I liked it The character of Buck Schatz was funny for the first few chapters but line after line of his abrasive, sarcastic wit exhausted me I was waiting for a real, well rounded human to emerge but it never really did The moments when he did show a little heart I felt were forced because he s so miserable throughout the entire book The relationships in the book seemed hollow throughout I [...]

    9. Very fun mystery starring an 87 year old protagonist Buck is an ex POW from WWII and an ex cop gets tangled up in a bunch of murders and a hunt for Nazi gold He is helped by his grandson and the two are kind of oil and water Buck is a great character He deals with his age and his infirmity and has trouble accepting that he is not as able as he used to be There are a lot of themes here besides the mystery The book touches on love and loss and what it means to grow old Buck is grumpy and snarky an [...]

    10. I think I would have enjoyed this book if the main character, Buck Schatz, wasn t so off putting He s an 87 year old retired detective who smokes too much, swears too much, and says the least sensitive things at the worst times on purpose As I read the book, I alternated between being totally offended by things Buck said and did and being mildly amused Underneath Buck s character there is a genuine concern for his family and a sincere fear of death, senility, and the infirmities of old age Havi [...]

    11. DON T EVER GET OLDDaniel FriedmanThis delightful, original debut novel is an absolute treasure and not to be missedN T EVER GET OLD is the portrait of Butch Schatz an 88 year old retired cop who is a crusty, gun toting, politically incorrect living legend He is also a death camp survivor who learns that the sadistic guard who brutalized him is still alive and has stole a huge amount of Nazi gold Buck and his very vocal frat grandson join together to find the fiend and hopefully, the gold This is [...]

    12. 88 year old Buck Schatz goes to listen to the deathbed confession of a fellow soldier that their concentration camp tormentor escaped justice with a horde of Nazi gold Apparently, the dying man told others and Buck and his grandson Tequila are bullied into investigating Buck is pretty funny, but is definitely feeling his own age and his wife s too, as the bodies start piling up.

    13. This gets 4 because Buck is an 87 year old, concentration camp survivor retired Memphis cop bad ass, who loves his wife and his law student grandson, who just happens to go by the name Tequila Clever, surprisingly touching, and very funny mystery.

    14. Abandoning this one The main character, a grumpy retired detective, is a bit too mean spirited for me The Nazi gold plot seems a bit unrealistic, too Just not for me.

    15. I really enjoyed this book I realized that I rarely, if ever, read from the perspective of a senior citizen The struggle to accept the limitations of old age and wrestling with the realization that death is quickly approaching was something I haven t read before I love the main character Buck, he is so crotchety and begrudging I m looking forward to reading the sequel.

    16. There is always a first time for everything they say and this was my first time reading a book from the perspective of an 88 year old man I sure as hell never saw that one coming but fellas I have to tell you, this is one helluva story to read I thought it would be about an old man making peace with his life with some inspirational bullshit about finding your niche and coming to terms with your loss by being grateful to what you had achieved in your sorry ass old life Personally, I never wanna g [...]

    17. Buck Schatz has been married to his wife, Rose, for 64 years Buck can be pretty set in his ways but when Rose speaks Buck does listen Rose insists that Buck go to the hospital to visit Jim Wallace Jim is dying and is asking to see Buck Buck uses the excuse that he can t drive to the hospital but Jim s daughter Emily Feely agrees to drive him Jim and Buck have never been close but they did spend time together in a POW camp back in 1944 Jim confesses to Buck that he had seen Heinrich Ziegler in Fr [...]

    18. Don t Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedmanis a mystery, but not like any other mystery I have read before All the ingredients for the classic thriller are here the hunt for a Nazi war criminal, the search for missing gold bullion, murders galore, a number of suspects and an unexpected conclusion So, what made this such a different experience I think this has to be the only mystery thriller that I ve read with an 88 year old protagonist, who feels dementia creeping up on him, but is still able to trac [...]

    19. Sometimes you are lucky enough to find a book in which a character captures you and invites you to enjoy the ride with him and such is the case with Daniel Friedman s Buck Schatz a feisty ex homicide detective who is an expressive eighty something Buck is called to the death bed of a comrade from World War II His friend, Jim Wallace informs him that Ziegler a German officer in the prisoner of war camp in which Buck spent part of WWII is not only alive but extremely wealthy as he was able to haul [...]

    20. 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 when [...]

    21. I actually didn t start this book until 3 days ago and hate that I didn t start it sooner It was entertaining, unique and so totally unexpected I laughed aloud than once I want to grow up to be Buck This was the most original protagonist ever and I loved him The story kept moving and I could relate to his needing a memory book I d tell you but I don t want to blow the story and give too many spoilers I will say that one line, the way it was presented in the book, had me laughing for a full day [...]

    22. A very entertaining book about Baruch Buck Schatz an eighty seven year old retired cigarette smokin foul mouthed Jewish detective He had spent time during the war in a German concentration camp with an acquantaince of his A German officer beat them every day and he totally hated him He believed that this man was dead and forgot about him One night his acquaintance s wife from the campcalls him and asks him to come to the hospital where he is dying and wants to see Buck He tells him that at the e [...]

    23. I first thought I clung to DON T EVER GET OLD so hard because I have a soft spot for old people That s part of the answer, but I can t recognize a standout novel when I read one Daniel Friedman s sensational debut deal with an impressive number of issues ranging from elderly abusive to cultural fascination with nazis, and, of course, doesn t forsake the usual themes every novel desperately attempts to tackle, such as beliefs.Thing is that Daniel Frieman does it extremely well, in the booming voi [...]

    24. This is another Anthony Award nominee for best first novel The protagonist is Buck Schatz, an 80 something retired Memphis police detective and former WWII veteran He is a cantankerous curmudgeon A friend who he knew in WWII calls calls Buck to his deathbed and tells Buck that one of the Nazis who tortured Buck got away with a lot of gold bars Buck starts looking for the Nazi war criminal with the aide of his grandson It takes a bit to warm to Buck There are moments with his wife and grandson th [...]

    25. I guess I don t find curmudgeons as charming as some other readers.Which makes me feel a bit curmudgeonly myself, because this particular fictional curmudgeon is a Holocaust survivor I did like the grandson, but don t feel like his character was as fleshed out as it might have been Nor was Rose, the sweet wife of the protagonist I m not opposed to gore being described in graphic detail, but it somehow seemed a bit out of place and startling in some places in this story I ve been trying to work o [...]

    26. 80 something year old Buck Schatz is a smoking Jewish ex cop, WWII POW survivor who gets called to the bedside of a dying former comrade in arms He s never really liked the guy and doesn t want to miss his Meet the Press, but he goes anyway His old war buddy tells him that he let the SS officer in charge of the POW camp get away with a car full of Nazi gold, when everyone else thought he was dead And so the story begins Thought this was funny, reminded me a bit of Motherless Brooklyn and The Yid [...]

    27. I was drawn to this book because of the title I am in my golden years and fascinated with the ever changing horizon of aging The book started very slowly but I enjoyed the main character immensely His senior grievances, his reverie about his career as a police officer and the background information of Judaism was fascinating The plot starts rather slowly but then suddenly aging and murder start to blend into an intriguing ending I would recommend this book especially for the main character s hum [...]

    28. great book I think it was recommended by someone on Good Reads thank you Lewis Basically we are talking about an 88 year old exhomicide detective and his rather na ve grandson, going on a hunt for hidden Nazi gold lots of bodies along the way Very funny in a dark sort of jewish humor way, ruminations on the indignities of growing old, especially for so called tough guys used to taking care of themselves I read somewhere that the author has the movie rights, I think it would make a great great mo [...]

    29. Think Barnaby Jones with Depends When the sole purpose of the book is to demonstrate second rate smartassiness new word , count me out This is why I do not read Evanovich Nazi gold is an overused hook upon which to hang your plot The sidekick grandson was annoying And the big, Texas twangy Jew copwell, let s just say I haven t met one of those in real life yet Still, I did catch myself smiling a number of times, especially toward the beginning.

    30. This octogenarian sleuth may not know a lot about computers he thinks google is the sound people make when you punch them in the throat but Buck Schatz is one heck of a detective There are 2 Buck Schatz books out so far, and this is the first I liked it a lot It was gritty and funny and didn t shy away from the setbacks that come with aging Buck Schatz isn t punching throats any , but that doesn t mean he can t solve a mystery, especially with his grandson as sidekick.

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