Don't Ever Look Back

A Mystery

Buck Schatz Series (Volume 2)

Daniel Friedman

Minotaur Books

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 set to produce the film version.

In Daniel Friedman's new novel, set in Memphis, Tennessee, and four months after the events of DON'T EVER GET OLD, eighty-eight-year-old Buck Schatz is reluctantly coming to terms with the fact that he can only move around with the aid of a walker, and his dementia seems to be getting worse.

So when one of Buck’s long-time foes, a bank-robber named Elijah, comes to Buck looking for protection from mysterious pursuers, Buck wavers. In the end, his desire to cement his legacy by closing out a series of long-unsolved robberies overwhelms his usual antipathy toward doing favors for people he dislikes. Buck agrees to broker Elijah's surrender to the authorities, if Elijah will promise to confess to his long-ago crimes.

But nothing involving Elijah, or Buck, is ever simple, and Elijah's plans for Buck are more sinister than they first appeared.

Written in Buck's signature voice and featuring a mystery that will knock your socks off, DON'T EVER LOOK BACK takes a decades-old feud between two dangerous—and now elderly—men and brings it to a final, explosive conclusion.


Read an Excerpt

In my misguided youth as a Memphis police detective, I wrecked a fair number of motor pool cars. I damaged more than my share of property. I violated a lot of people’s constitutional rights, often with a rolled-up phone book. So getting taken to the woodshed by somebody in an official capacity was not a new experience for me.
Used to be, I could just sit quietly and think about football while my superiors yelled and vented their anger. Then, I’d make some token gesture of contrition and head back out to resume whatever I had been doing before. Nobody


Praise for Don't Ever Look Back

Advanced Praise for Don't Ever Look Back:
“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

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  • 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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    Don't Ever Look Back

    A Mystery

    Buck Schatz Series

    Daniel Friedman



    Minotaur Books