Buck Schatz is an unusual new protagonist. The only thing new about Buck is his creation by Daniel Friedman. Buck is a geriatric grump with a colorful past as a over the top homicide detective. This novel points out that age may slow down the body and cloud the mind but motivation and tenacity can not be underestimated.
Buck is a grump with so many grudges and gripes he is a difficult protagonist to enjoy. On the other hand, as age creeps up, some of his bitches sound very familiar. The relationship with Rose, his wife, can not be described as tender but it is deep and meaningful, particularly to those of us who have been lucky enough to have long term, satisfying marriages.
The mystery, the murders, Nazi gold, gambling debts and Buck’s irascibility provide plenty of action and plot twists. Buck’s strained relationship with his grandson infuses the story with a poignant flavor of reality that enjoys a bit of clarity with one sad sentence. This is purported to be the first in a Buck Schatz series, if so, keep an eye on it as it will be a hit.
I recommend it.
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