The sequel to Don't Ever Get Old, which garnered four-starred reviews, a movie deal with a major Hollywood producer, and an Edgar Award nomination for Best First Novel
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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Disappointing Second Book
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.
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Fighting crime with his walker and his guns.
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