I Am Not a Cop!: A Novel (Google eBook)
IN THIS CAPTIVATING, OFTEN HILARIOUS DEBUT MYSTERY, ONE OF THE GREAT COMEDIANS OF OUR TIME BLENDS FACT WITH FICTION, AS LAW & ORDER: SVU'S RICHARD BELZER'S OFF-CAMERA PERSONA COMES TO LIFE ON THE PAGE, EMPLOYING INVESTIGATIVE KNOW-HOW AND COMEDIC TIMING IN EQUAL MEASURE TO SOLVE THE MYSTERY SURROUNDING THE DISAPPEARANCE OF A TRUSTED FRIEND.
When Richard Belzer meets Rudy Markovich, nyc medical examiner, for dinner in Brighton Beach, he has little reason to expect anything more than a friendly bull session. But in the next twenty-four hours Belzer finds himself in the middle of a vicious street brawl, splashed across the tabloid headlines as an out-of-control celeb, and fearing for the life of his good pal Rudy -- who police assume is sleeping at the bottom of the East River.
As Belzer finds himself increasingly required to call upon the resources he taps to portray Detective Munch on nbc, he maintains his sense of humor and carries us along on a rollicking ride through the underworld of New York City. With Rudy kidnapped, or worse, it falls to The Belz to track him down and solve the riddle to the vanishing act.
The lives of Detective Munch and Richard Belzer collide and mesh in I Am Not a Cop! as one of America's great comics and TV cops brings all of his talents to bear in book form and provides a triumph of the mystery genre.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
I really liked this book, which was somewhat of a surprise. I decided to try it because I like Richard Belzer as Detective John Munch on Law & Order SVU, but loved him in the same role on Homicide: Life on the Streets where the role originated. So, I figured I would give the book a try, see if he wrote as well as he acted - and surprisingly, he does! It was a bit of shock to realize that the main character in this book is Richard Belzer, that took a while to get used to but paid off in the end. Because he used his own voice he was able to really give a feeling of familiarity and some great inside looks at the making of a blockbuster TV show. He was careful to not bring other members of the cast into the story, other than by inference, like - yeah, he knows which "she" someone is referring to when they want an autographed photo. The mystery is built around friendship, one of his close friends disappears, then sends him a mysterious letter with a riddle he feels he has to solve. When he starts running into a few of the less "kind" members of the Russian community (Little Odessa) things start getting interesting. Kalisha (Kali) is introduced as Belzer's shadow, appointed by the brass of the show to try and keep him out of trouble. Of course, they had no idea that she would jump right in to help out any way she can. It was a fast, fun read and I'm going to read the next in the series.
Review: I Am Not a Cop! A NovelUser Review - Goodreads
Richard Belzer has many accomplishments. He is a famous actor, comedian, producer, and author, and his portrayal of Detective John Munch has spanned six network TV shows. He's a regular on the Howard ...