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Minotaur Books, 5/2012
Don’t Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman
Don’t Ever Get Old is centered on Buck Schatz, an 87-year old retired Memphis detective. His presence was requested by one of his old army buddies, Jim Wallace, who was captured in a concentration camp during WWII alongside him. Jim confesses to Buck that Heinrich Ziegler, the SS captain that tortured them relentlessly, had actually survived an attack from the Russians and had bribed him with one of many Nazi gold bars Ziegler had in his possession so that Jim would let him to pass through a military checkpoint. Jim’s confession starts the search for Ziegler and the Nazi gold, with murder and adventure aplenty. This book is incredibly well written and has many fantastic plot twists. Everyone is a suspect! The relationship between Buck and his grandson, Tequila, adds another very interesting element to the story. They love each other, but they don’t particularly like each other because of the generation gap. All in all I don’t think I’ll be forgetting this awesome story anytime soon. – Carlos