Excellent Debut: “Don’t Ever Get Old” By Daniel Friedman
If you didn’t know that Don’t Ever Get Old, is Daniel Friedman’s debut work, it would have been impossible to know so by reading the book. Now in paperback, this Edgar Finalist novel is a great piece of novel and certainly a joy to read. Daniel Friedman, a resident of New York City, is a graduate of the University of Maryland and NYU School of Law and is now working on the second installment of what can be one the best crime series in the next decade.
A Brief Summary:
Buck’s retirement gets a lot less boring when a fellow vet with whom he shared accommodations in a POW camp calls Buck to his bedside and reveals a disturbing bit of news: The SS officer who ran their camp is alive, in the US, and in possession of a fortune in stolen gold.
Buck sets out to find the guy, relying with much reluctance on Tequila, his grandson, who can drive him around at night and explain Google and how the Internet works. The twosome quickly learns that they are not the only ones on the trail of the treasure: Buck’s investigation quickly attracts unfriendly attention from a Mississippi loan shark, a seven-foot tall Hasidic Jew, and a bloodthirsty maniac hell-bent on rubbing out everybody who knows anything about the stolen loot.
We can’t wait to read more from Friedman…
Spending time on reading debut works is risky: Especially if you don’t have tolerance for below top-notch quality. But Don’t Ever Get Old is an exception: Friedman has masterfully created a story which you can’t put down. The lead character is not sexy, strong or super-smart. In fact in many cases, he is the opposite and that’s what makes him compelling.
Buck, who is aware of his shortcomings and lack of knowledge about how things work in the modern day, reluctantly teams up with his grandson: He has no idea how challenging the task in hand is and this, in essence, becomes something which motivates the reader to turn the pages and see what happens at the end.
This is a great first installment in a new series and we are looking forward to reading more from this talented author.