Belzer 'Not a Cop' but a future mystery writer


NEW YORK -- Richard Belzer has a story to tell you -- about a guy named Richard Belzer.

The actor-comedian has signed with Simon & Schuster to write two mystery books featuring himself as a TV performer caught up in his own plot.

"It is with great enthusiasm that I will bring the world of show business, celebrity worship, sly social commentary and even 'cameos' by real celebrities into my literary adventures," Belzer said in a statement released Monday by his publicist.

He plays Detective John Munch on NBC's "Law & Order: SVU."

Belzer continued: "A potent mix of Dashiell Hammett, Oscar Wilde, Lenny Bruce and Robert Altman seasoned by the Belzerian vision of life, as the wry and raucous, raunchy worlds of make-believe and reality converge, this is the first 'reality novel' of the new millennium that explores a unique universe that poses the question, 'What is reality?' "

The first book, "I Am Not a Cop," will be published in fall 2008.