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I Am Not a Psychic!: A Novel

3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  75 ratings  ·  11 reviews

Richard Belzer's much-anticipated sequel to his debut mystery finds him uncovering the conspiracy behind the untimely death of a Hollywood starlet.
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Simon & Schuster (first published September 14th 2009)
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Joe Juarez
Two words describes Richard Belzer's personality, smart ass. In "I'm Not A Psychic," he uses his smart ass tactics to help a distraught woman solve a two decade old murder mystery in a city where smart asses are free to speak freely while inebriated, Las Vegas.

The plot's simple: Richard Belzer travels to Las Vegas to meet up with a few old stand-up comic buddies for a benefit. But instead of preparing for jokes and punchlines, Belzer is met with a situation that could have possibly required the
Belz needs to stick with acting (Det. Munch on Law & Order: SVU). This story is set in Las Vegas with a long dead glamor star (ala Marilyn Monroe) who was having an affair with an influential politician (JFK) from an influential political family (Kennedys) and who may have been killed via a conspiracy related to that family, possibly involving organized crime. A long ago team of a suave singer (Dean Martin) and comedian (Jerry Lewis) haven't spoken since a split due to the comedian growing i ...more
Actor and artial arts buff Richard Belzer is asked to appear at a telethon in Las Vegas by his mentor and good friend comic Johnny Lyman. At the same time, he gets a call from an old friend who is now investigating the mysterious death of a Hollywood starlet decades ago. When the friend is killed before Belzer can meet with him, the friend's self-described psychic informant descends on Belzer's Las Vegas hotel and demands his help. The body count climbs until the Belz himself is under threat.
Wendy Kobylarz-Chouvarda
This was disappointing. I wasn't expecting great literature or anything, but it was a bit overindulgent and a lot of that Belzer wit actually felt kind of nasty. I especially was annoyed with the makeover bit. You'll understand if you read the book -- don't want to write a spoiler here. Would I recommend it? Well, if you like Belzer and a light read, and not a lot of required thinking you probably would. If you tend to be a feminist you might prefer to skip it.
Having read "I Am Not a Cop!" I knew what to expect as Richard Belzer turns his real life into a fictional one. This was a good read, but I think setting it in Vegas caused a loss in authenticity. Belz in New York I believe. Belz in Vegas is a bit out there. Especially when he just happens to know a photographer who just happens to be replicating a 20+ year old photo shoot, etc. I liked it, but I like the first book more.
Couldn't finish it. I initially thought that using your own name in a work of fiction was an interesting change, but I decided I didn't like it.
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Entertaining enough, but required a huge suspension of disbelief. I found the female protagonist to be extremely unlikeable.
If you like your mysteries easy to read this is for you. The story is not bad and I found it entertaining.
he's not a writer either.
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Belzer is the author of four books, the last two of which were a crime fiction series co-written with Michael Black that featured Belzer as the mystery-solving protagonist. I’m Not a Cop, the first of the two, was published in 2008, followed by the sequel, I’m Not a Psychic, in 2009. Belzer penned UFOs, JFK and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don’t Have to Be Crazy to Believe in 2000, and co-authored How ...more
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