Richard Belzer is author of UFOs, JFK, and Elvis and coauthor of How to Be a Stand-Up Comic. He has made televi- sion history by portraying Detective Munch in ten different television series, including Homicide, The Wire, and Arrested Development. Belzer has starred in Fame, Scarface, The Richard Belzer Show, Another Lone Nut, and The Belzer Connection. He divides his time between France and New York City.
Postmodern celebrity fiction? In this debut, Belzer--best known as Det. John Munch on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit--meets a friend for a Brighton Beach dinner, then makes headlines when he's caught in a brawl. Oh, and his friend is missing. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Those looking for a new crime series starring an author's fictional alter ego to fill the void left by Kinky Friedman's series that ended with Ten Little New Yorkers shouldn't expect too much from the fiction debut of actor and standup comic Belzer, best known for his role as Det. John Munch in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. When an old friend of Belzer's, New York City assistant medical examiner Rudy Markovich, disappears under suspicious circumstances, Belzer decides to investigate. After the actor finds a clue referring to four recent deaths, he and Kalisha Carter, the attractive woman his producer assigns to keep an eye on him, dig into those cases with mostly predictable results. Action sequences alternate with the detection, allowing Belzer to show off his martial-arts skills. Hopefully, Belzer's acerbic screen persona will be more on display in any sequel. (Oct.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.