Don’t Ever Look Back by Daniel Friedman
Buck Schatz has lost his house and is living under the watchful eye of a torturer. At least that’s how he would see it. Buck, retired Memphis detective, is 88 years old, living in an assisted living facility and going to physical therapy on a daily basis to recover from injuries he received while bringing down a former Nazi. Truly. Now Buck’s past is back once again in the form of Elijah, a cunning thief that has just pulled off some very lucrative robberies and is looking for protection in exchange for turning himself in. Buck arranges the deal and that’s when everything goes horribly wrong.
This is the sequel to Don’t Ever Get Old. You don’t need to read the first book in the series to appreciate the second, but it is a lot of fun so you should. A great choice on audio since the author does “grumpy old man” oh so well. The author doesn’t shy away from the problems of being very old and having to cope with the breakdown of your body and mind, Buck experiences it all and explains his opinion on the matter quite colorfully. He is spunky and has great street smarts, but the author does a great job reminding the reader that his main character has obstacles to overcome that a man half his age could simply jump over.
Not a happy cozy mystery, this is dark and gritty, just the way I like my mysteries best.