When a great novelist, and a funny playful one at that, writes a book that uses the detective novel form, you know that it's not going to be a conventional genre piece. That's the case with Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz's COSMOS, published in 1965. It's a fascinating book that turns the mystery novel on its head while telling a tale of possible crimes, many clues, and two neurotic detectives. Anyone who likes mysteries and who's looking for something that will take you unexpected places should pick it up and give it a try. Anyone who just likes good original fiction should give it a try.
Want to hear more about it? I wrote an essay about COSMOS for Criminal Element, and you can check out here: Wrapped Up in the Mystery of Cosmos