I Am Not a Psychic! by Richard Belzer
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Comedy legend Johnny Leland has called in his chips. He's organizing a charity telethon and needs TV cop Richard Belzer to cohost. Not one to let down an old friend -- much less the guy who gave him his start in stand-up comedy -- The Belz gets ready to head out to Las Vegas for the headlining event when he receives a mysterious phone call.

Twenty-six years ago, beautiful starlet Bridget Burgeon was found dead in her Hollywood apartment. Sleeping pills, the coroner ruled, but many questioned whether her relationship with handsome, up-and-coming California congressman Mark Kaye played a role. Kaye's death in a tragic auto accident put an end to any investigation but not to the speculation. Conspiracy theorists have been working overtime ever since, and Paul Venchus, an old newspaper colleague whom Richard hasn't seen in thirty years, claims to have made a breakthrough in the case. A well-known conspiracy theorist himself, The Belz can't resist hearing him out and agrees to meet.

When Venchus turns up dead and a wacky, self-proclaimed female psychic shows up at his hotel in Vegas insisting that Belzer continue their investigation, he reluctantly relents. Relying on The Belz's TV cop know-how and celebrity status, they begin to piece together a series of mysterious deaths that, while rooted a quarter of a century in the past, present some very real dangers in the present. As the bodies start piling up, Belzer finds a legendary hit man hot on his trail and must utilize all of his talents not only to pull off a successful telethon but to solve one of our history's most scandalous conspiracies before his Vegas stint becomes his closing act.

About Richard Belzer

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Richard Belzer is a stand-up comedian, actor and author. He is currently cast and best known for his role as John Munch on the hit NBC show, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He has written such books as UFOs, JFK, and Elvis (2000), and the novels I Am Not a Cop! (2009) and I Am Not a Psychic! (2010). David Wayne grew up in the Chicago area during a period of tumultuous change in the 1960s, which fueled his interest in contemporary history. After attending college in the Midwest, he spent many years at Stanford University as an independent research consultant. He is now an investigative journalist with over twenty-five years of evidence-based research experience, with a specialty in the microanalysis of media events. He makes his home in Bogotá, Colombia, with his wife, Marta, and their daughter, Nikki.
Published September 23, 2009 by Simon & Schuster. 276 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While in Las Vegas to help old friend Johnny Leland with his telethon, “Richard Belzer” (the author’s metafictional alter ego) gets sucked into a side trip to Los Angeles to hear his older friend Paul Venchus’ conspiracy theory about the decades-old case of starlet Brigid Burgeon, who was killed ...

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Actor and comic Belzer, best known for his long-running portrayal of the acerbic detective John Munch on the TV series Homicide and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit , fares much better with his second light crime novel featuring himself as the amateur sleuth.

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