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."


April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.