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Twentysomething Daniel Friedman's debut hit novel, Don't Ever Get Old, was a huge critical and word-of-mouth success. Now his unforgettable protagonist BuckSchatz is back, and once again this 88-year-old retired Memphis cop refuses to go gently into that good night. Having sustained injuries in Don't Ever Get Old, Buck is living at a retirement home with his wife, and he's downright miserable being treated like the elderly person he is. But soon, Elijah, a man from his past, pays Buck a visit. Elijah offers Buck a tidy sum to do him a favor, and Buck is eager to close the book on a series of robberies that he could never solve. But things soon go downhill - way downhill.
Written in Buck's signature voice and featuring a mystery that will knock your socks off, Don't Ever Look Back is another home run by an author with a long and star-studded career ahead of him.
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By Danny S. on 04-27-17
Disappointing Second Book
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I enjoyed the first book as the author hit the sweet spot for Buck making him ornery yet humorous and endearing. In this book, however, I thought Buck came across as simply mean, bordering on sadistic. Thus, the lines intended to be humorous fell flat, and the plentiful swearing came across as vulgar rather than funny. The book also involved an alternating timeline that made the story harder to follow. Finally, the book employs numerous derogatory comments about minorities that, while in context for the time and place depicted, can be offensive to the modern ear, decreasing enjoyment of the narrative.
By Kindle Customer on 05-11-16
Fighting crime with his walker and his guns.
Loved it. I want to listen to this again right now. The story went back and forth between Buck's past and present battles against a master criminal named Elijah. As as always there is lots of violence, shooting and black humor. I laughed out loud near the end when Buck hits Elijah with his walker and Elijah says "What are you going to do next? spit your dentures at me?" The combination of weird situations, bloody violence and humor reminds me of Elmore Leonard and Quentin Tarantino.