Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Don't Ever Get Old

Don't Ever Get Old

A Mystery

Buck Schatz Series (Volume 1)

Daniel Friedman

Minotaur Books




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.

Macavity Award - Nominee, Anthony Awards - Nominee, Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee, Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee



In retrospect, it would have been better if my wife had let me stay home to see Meet the Press instead of making me schlep across town to watch Jim Wallace die.
I'd known Jim since back when I was in the service, but...


Praise for Don't Ever Get Old

“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.” —Nelson DeMille

“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.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Knockout of a book.” —Booklist (starred review)

“A sardonically appealing debut.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Short chapters, crackling dialogue, and memorable characters make this a standout debut. Evokes Elmore Leonard.” —Library Journal, starred review

“Getting old isn't fun, but reading about Buck coping with it and a slew of dirty deeds -- and possibly fatal adversaries -- is.” —Associated Press

“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.” —Bruce Tierney, Bookpage

“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.” —Andrew Shaffer,

“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.” —Lisa Brackmann, author of Rock Paper Tiger

“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.” —Harry Dolan, author of Bad Things Happen

“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.” —Alan Orloff, Agatha Award-nominated author of Killer Routine

In the Press

Read the Kirkus Review of DON'T EVER GET OLD . A geezer cowboy who's been retired from Memphis Homicide longer than he served there is thrust into the middle of a murderous hunt for Nazi plunder. - Kirkus Reviews

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Daniel Friedman

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 won a Macavity Award for Best First Novel, and Lionel Wigram, the producer of four Harry Potter films and the Sherlock Holmes sequel, is both producing and writing the script for the movie version.

Daniel Friedman

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