Richard Belzer


Detective Munch charges you to read these books.



Richard BelzerFamous for his portrayal of the sardonic Detective Munch on Homicide and Law and Order SVU, the actor and comedian has also penned I Am Not a Cop! and its sequel I Am Not a Psychic!, hilariously twisted crime thrillers dealing with the consequences of fame. He took a moment to share with us three books he treasures.


Books by Richard Belzer








A People's History of the United States

By Howard Zinn


"A must read for anyone interested in the full story of America."











By James Joyce


"An exquisite example of the English language."










The Sixteen Satires

By Juvenal


"A Timeless, brilliant, and biting take on culture and class."


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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).