DON'T EVER LOOK BACK by Daniel Friedman


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Retired detective Buck Schatz continues to hunt bad guys and make life hell for the staff at Valhalla Estates Assisted Lifestyle Community for Older Adults.

Buck doesn’t like people messing with guys he knew back in the day. So when his redneck neighbor calls Buck’s schizophrenic buddy, Crazy Mack, a bunch of racist names, Buck feels he has no choice but to whack the man's favorite rocking chair to bits with a hatchet, earning him a stern reprimand from Vivienne Wyatt, Valhalla’s director of resident relations. But Elijah is another story. Back in 1965, Elijah tried sucking Buck into his big heist—ripping off Kluge Freights’ payroll from the vault of the Cotton Planters Union Bank. A concentration camp survivor, Elijah maintained that Jews need to stick together and help each other because no one else will. But Buck didn’t want to give the Memphis police department any reason to regret hiring the few Jewish cops it had. He turned Elijah down and beat the crap out of the Jewish co-conspirators, earning him a stern rebuke from Rabbi Abramsky on the eve of his son's bar mitzvah. Now Elijah is asking for Buck’s help again. He’s ready to turn himself in, and he needs someone to broker the deal. Buck turns to his one remaining contact in the Memphis police department, 26-year old Andre Price, to drive him and Elijah to the station, followed by Elijah’s lawyer, Meyer Lefkowitz. Naturally it all goes south when Elijah disappears. With the help of his yuppie grandson, William “Tequila” Schatz, Buck must get his walker in gear and find out who’s got the elderly safecracker and what he plans to do with him.

A worthy successor to Buck’s fine-tuned debut (Don’t Ever Get Old, 2012).

Pub Date: April 22nd, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-250-02756-6
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Minotaur
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2014


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