Pe with a puzzle on it and Rudy s ticket to the boxing match he nows he has a trail to follow and his cop like instincts might be the only thing that saves his missing friend s lifeBelzer and Kali soon find themselves navigating a web of Russian mobsters goons sleazy private investigators arrogant cops super fans smugglers and Rudy s desperate family Belzer has to juggle the case with his shooting schedule for the hit TV show he never mentions by name and his martial arts training which results in many of the funniest lines in the book The story winds and twists with all the fever you d expect from the author of UFO s JFK and Elvis Conspiracies Don t Have to be Crazy to Believe Belzer s on stage and on camera persona is very much on display in this novel He s sardonic sarcastic and snarky He has trouble controlling his attitude even when it icks him from the frying pan to the fire He freuently references classic pop culture including Casablanca Fibber McGee Molly and John Wayne He also reveals himself to be a big fan of mystery and noir writers like Raymond Chandler Dashiell Hammet Oscar Wilde and yes Lenny Bruce It s his first foray into outright fiction and the flare he injects into Det Munch is *very evident from the book s first pages IANAC is humorous and carries a good deal *evident from the book s first pages IANAC is humorous and carries a good deal puzzle solving in its story Belzer s account of the Rudy Malkovich disappearance is every bit as ground in reality as Bruce Campbell helping Richard Gere get his groove back in his book Make Love The Bruce Campbell Way Still it s entertaining especially if you re a fan of pop culture crime noir and
Sarcasm Belzer Has ABelzer has a delivery and it s heard loud and clear on the pages of I Am Not a Cop I liked this book but got a little mixed up between Munch and Belzer Once I got that straight I enjoyed the book Written by actor Richard Belzer Detective John Munch from Law Order SVU this hilarious and thrilling crime novel combines fact with fiction and follows the mystery of a missing friend and the Russian mafia I love Richard Belzer He is a hoot His writing reflects this Love this restriction detective novelCombine one of my favorite tv detectives stand up comedians and a great conspiracy based mystery and I m very happy I wish Belzer would write another Belz novel When I picked this book up at a yard sale I thought it might be a fun biography of a terrific actor and comic I missed two words on the cover A Novel After spending the first two chapters wondering why Richard Belzer was chasing the Russian Mafia I noticed those two words Okay so I was wrong I ll treat it as a novel and see what happens I ept reading and wondering where the book was going Before I new it I was finished and still was unsure why I had continued reading it all the way to the end It s an amusing story but somehow unsatisfying You never really get a look into Belzer s TV world you never really get a meaty mystery and so many plot points were left unanswered Just one of those books that comes along that when you get to the end you wonder what you read it for. Know how and comedic timing in eual measure to solve the mystery surrounding the disappearance of a trusted frie.
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In 2008 was it really necessary to have five different lines to remind us that he dislikes George W Bush An audiobook reading would be welcomed though one has not been issued to date A good book but ind of petered out toward the end and got really cliched Still a fun read either way I was very surprised how good the book was Especially considering it was Belzer s first fiction book and his background was as an actor rather *than anything vaguely to do with being a fiction writer Yes he has written a couple of non fictiion works but *anything vaguely to do with being a fiction writer Yes he has written a couple of non fictiion works but and non fiction have little to do with each other He has put himself as the main character in the book doing something in fiction that he never did in real life His good friend Rudy has disappeared and he tries to use the skills of his character Detective Munch from Law Order SUV s to find him I loved this book Written by Richard Belzer in collaboration with Michael Black it is inseparable from Belzer s persona Although it is a novel the protagonist is Belzer himself A fictional account of a
real person is not a new concept There are novels aplenty about many historical figuresperson is not a new concept There are novels aplenty about many historical figures Belzer s opus is uniue he portrays himself as a fictional character with irony and witJust a reminder Richard Belzer a TV actor and stand up comedian is mostly 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 Sternon the Howard Stern and is loved by fans all over the globe Still there s one thing you should nowHe is not a cop I Am Not a Cop abbreviated from here after as IANAC is a fictional account written by Belzer as he is dragged into a bizarre investigation following the disappearance of his friend Rudy Markovich Rudy is a medical examiner with a long storied career in New York and he is coming close to retirement When he meets with Belzer something is clearly bugging him but he refuses to discuss it Instead he tells Belzer to meet him at Madison Suare Garden the following night to attend a championship fight between the latest contender and the Ukranian champion Rudy s friend AlexiRudy gets jumped in an alley as he and Belzer are exiting their dinner and the non cop dishes out some martial arts to save his buddy s hide Rudy still won t talk about what s on his mind but promises an explanation the following night Naturally he doesn t show for the fight and Belzer attempts to get some answers from Detective Max Kaminsky of the NYPD He comes up empty in that effort Belzer War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History: 1500 to Today knows the police aren t going to really pursue Rudy s disappearance with any dedication and he decides he had best do a little snooping aroundTo complicate things one of the Associate Producers gets wind of Belzer s brawl in the alley and assigns him a personal assistant toeep him out of trouble Belzer is partnered with the young sassy and talented Kalisha Kali Carter The studio s effort backfires as Kali soon displays an appetite for fact finding as deep as Belzer s When Belzer opens an envelo. N as Richard Belzer's Law Order Detective persona comes to life on the page when our hero employs investigative. ,
Entertainment concepts seem to evolve over the *course of a decade and as the reality experiment has begun to yield the floor it appears *of a decade and as the reality experiment has begun to yield the floor it appears a hybrid sub genre of reality fiction is emerging In film we ve had My Name Is Bruce and in literature I Am Not a Cop Richard Belzer has crafted a fictitious tale in which he as himself is caught up in a mystery involving a missing medical examiner friend who happens to be Russian Or is he UkrainianFans of The Belz A Boy in Winter know from his stand up routine and previous work of non fiction UFO s JFK and Elvis Conspiracies You Don t Have to Be Crazy to Believe that this is a guy who does his homework when it comes to intricate plots and he has spun a doozy here Elements of the plot draw heavily from the history and politics of Russia and the former Soviet states you don t need to do your own homework though because Belzer has made sure that all the information you need tonow is presented in an accessible manner throughout this novelI have long been *An Avid Yet Admittedly Slow *avid yet admittedly slow and so it is rare that I read anything cover to cover in one setting I Am Not a Cop has earned a spot on that short list Despite Belzer s years of portraying television s most ubiuitous character Detective John Munch I Am Not a Cop is much a literary descendant of crime noir novels Not only does Belzer admit as much in his epilogue but there are freuent references to and uotes from them sprinkled throughout the narrative From start to finish though the sarcastic wit of Belzer permeates I Am Not a Cop and I found myself easily envisioning him in character during many passagesAt 272 pages this is a novel that harkens back to the days of page turning paperback thrillers meant to be read during a train commute the Frost at Midnight kind that Ian Fleming insisted his James Bond stories were Despite or perhaps because of this there is one chief complaint I would register with the author All too often a turn of phrase is recycled to the point that it becomes distracting The most glaring culprit is a variation of famous person would be proud Saying that these moments took me out of the book would be taking it too far especially given the nature of its premise Still they re theind of thing that one expects an editor to catch and ask the author Can we phrase this differently You used the same expression thirteen pages agoFans of the series in which Detective Munch has appeared should not expect any name dropping or behind the scenes glimpses into their production Despite the fact that Belzer s investigation occurs during an eight day shoot the actual series and its elements are ambiguous The only direct
Allusions Are To Mariskaare to Mariska in both of which the promise of an autographed photo of her is bartered for cooperationWhile I Am Not a Cop may not be the definitive mystery story of our times it is fun throughout and sustained by its plot steeped as it is in real life situations I cannot guage how a reader unfamiliar with Belzer would enjoy this novel many of his personality traits and views can be alienating at times for instance. In this captivating often hilarious debut mystery one of the great comedians of our time blends fact with fictio.