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Don't Ever Look Back (Buck Schatz) Hardcover – 1 May 2014

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (1 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 125002756X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250027566
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 0.1 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"Alternately humorous and moving sequel . . . The howdunit of the 1965 crime will please Golden Age puzzle fans." --Publisher's Weekly (starred review)"Enjoy the plot, which even has a locked-room mystery packed into it. Savor the resonant prose as a reminder of how flabby much best-seller writing has become. Delight in Buck's deadpan humor, but don't fall for it. No codger cuteness here; his nastiness can shock." --Booklist"A worthy successor to Buck's fine-tuned debut." --Kirkus Reviews"Daniel Friedman has done it again--only better. " --Michael Sears, bestselling author of Black Fridays"Don't Ever Look Back is a funny, smart, and vibrant work of crime fiction. Good luck finding anything more from a novel this year." --Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy"Daniel Friedman is a treasure--a major talent, and an amazing storyteller. His Buck Schatz books are astonishingly thoughtful, thoroughly innovative, incredibly clever and endlessly heartbreaking." --Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark, Anthony, and Agatha-winning author"I am so insanely happy that Buck Schatz has returned. Don't Ever Look Back is just as hilarious, unnerving, absorbing, and absolutely entertaining as its predecessor. Daniel Friedman is clever and wise and an absolute blast to read." --David Liss, author of The Twelfth Enchantment"Daniel Friedman takes the considerable momentum from his Macavity-winning debut novel Don't Ever Get Old and builds on it for Buck Schatz's newest turn, Don't Ever Look Back. Friedman's sophomore outing is darker, grittier, and more political (but just as funny) as his first. It not only lives up to, but indeed surpasses, all expectations for a sequel." --Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times bestselling author of the Maggie Hope series"Finding a fresh take on the mystery genre is unusual; finding one that's both suspenseful and hilarious is rare indeed, which is why I loved this novel so much. Buck Schatz, an 88-year-old retired cop, proves that old age really isn't for sissies. Friedman shows the indignities of aging, along with the complexities of police work, with the perfect blend of humor and pathos. A great read!" --Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books and Music, Okemos, MI

About the Author

DANIEL FRIEDMAN is a graduate of the University of Maryland and NYU School of Law. He lives in New York City. Don't Ever Get Old was recently nominated for a Thriller Award for Best First Novel and won a Macavity Award for Best First Novel.

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The two old codgers, Buck and Elijah, who are the focus of Daniel Friedman's DON'T EVER LOOK BACK have been adversaries for over 45 years. Elijah is an ex-bank robber and Holocaust survivor and Buck is a not so pleasant retired Memphis cop currently spending his days, along with his wife Rose, in an assisted living facility. The fact that both men are in their late 80's and rely on canes and walkers has not lessened their animosity for each other nor their need to match wits.

The story moves back and forth between 1965 and 2009 covering the history that both men share. I found some of the actions of the character Buck to be less than admirable as he resorted to his fists, truncheon and gun to extract information from suspects (his actions seemed more 40's noir movie cop than 1965...but never having lived in Memphis in the 60's I could be wrong in my assessment). Elijah, it appears, has sociopathic tendencies due to his youthful experiences in a Nazi concentration camp and has a win at any expense mentality.

Elijah is an expert at "pushing hot buttons" when it comes to Buck and has re-entered Bucks life with an offer to confess to some long dead unsolved crimes that have plagued Buck for years. And so the story begins.

Well written, amusing at times, with touches of political comment and a look at equal rights marches, DON'T EVER LOOK BACK gives the reader an engrossing look at the "good old days" while addressing the truth of coming to terms with aging and what it truly means to get old.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great second book in the series... 29 April 2014
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Do people retain their moral beliefs as they age? Do they see the outside world in the same way as that world changes and expands around them while their own world shrinks and they lose their mental and physical faculties? Daniel Friedman, in his new book, "Don't Ever Look Back", tries to answer those questions. This book is the second novel about long-retired Memphis policeman Baruch "Buck" Schatz.

Friedman's first novel, "Don't Ever Get Old", introduced 85 year old Buck Schatz in a bit more rollicking plot. Buck and his young grandson, chase an old Nazi, hiding in the US, from Memphis to St Louis in an attempt to find some hidden gold. The humor was broader and the characters were a bit "stock". It was a fine read, a good first novel, and I think I gave it four stars in my Amazon review. Friedman has returned in his second book with a much more serious look at aging and how now-88 year old Buck, living in an assisted-living facility with his wife, has NOT "learned" to give up the ghosts of the past.

Buck Schatz has been contacted by a long-ago criminal, "Elijah", who he remembers with no fondness after "Elijah" has master-minded a bank heist in Memphis in 1965. Elijah wants to give himself up to the current-day Memphis police for his part in that robbery. However, on the way to the meeting, Buck and the Memphis police officer he enlists to help him, and Elijah, have their car rammed by drug runners, who kidnap Elijah. Buck, though injured, tries to find Elijah and the book goes back and forth between 1965 and 2009.

Buck Schatz is basically the same man in 2009 he was in 1965. With his own interpretation of the law, according to his own moral code, he is still shooting - and getting away with it - bad guys. But in this second book, author Daniel Friedman adds a Jewish component to his story. In 1965, his 12 year old son, Brian, is preparing for his Bar Mitzvah. Buck has an uneasy relationship with the rabbi at his temple and his rough actions as he attempts to find out about and then stop the coming bank robbery have caused Brian and the rabbi to question Buck's morality. Brian was killed years later and Buck has had difficulty coming to terms with his son's death. His "moral conduit" seems to be Brian's lawyer-son, William.

"Don't Ever Look Book" is a serious book that has some funny parts. I'd say Daniel Friedman's first book was just the opposite. Both make for good reading, but this second book might make you think about morality, aging, and what memories last as a person nears the end of his life.
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fascinating look at the incredibly brutal, but still lovable, Buck Schatz. 24 July 2014
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Don’t Ever Look Back by Daniel Friedman – Buck Schatz, the amazing character and retired Memphis police detective, is back in another adventure that takes place four months after the events of Don’t Ever Get Old. The 88-year old in struggling to overcome the injuries he suffered in the previous book. He now must use a walker to get around and is suffering some dementia. An old criminal nemesis surprisingly asks Buck for help, which entangles Buck in more violent crime. The story jumps back and forth between 2009 and 1965 enabling the reader to experience Buck’s character in his prime as well as in his senescence. Like the previous book, this is another very good novel with an engrossing story that provides another fascinating look at the incredibly brutal, but still lovable, Buck Schatz.
5.0 out of 5 stars BUCK SCHATZ ~ BOOK TWO 25 Jun. 2016
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The second book in the series DON"T EVER LOOK BACK by Daniel Friedman stand up to the second novel in a series test. Great read. We continue the saga of Buck Schatz, a legend of the police department in his day. Now 87 and long long retired we follow his life ands adventures. What a guy. These books scream movie...let a young actor play him for the flash back ! Funny and well written, this series stands out. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED book and series.
2.0 out of 5 stars Loved the first book, not this one! 24 May 2014
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I loved the first book, sadly I did not even like this sequel. Many lost opportunities for grandfather and grandson interactions, which in the previous book shone brightly in seriousness and comedy. Still unanswered how did the son die and how did he die, not even a nibble! Lost opportunity for a great book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 22 Mar. 2016
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A great sequel to "Don't Ever Get Old." Excellent plot, lots of surprises. Sad, funny, sweet, all at the same time. Believable characters, right-on dialogue. As I get toward the end of this kind of book I read slower because I don't want it to be over. Please, Mr. Friedman, at least one more.
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