Kotzwinkle must be the most idiosyncratic (some might say the weirdest) writer active today. One of his works, for example, is "The Bear who went over the mountain", a story about a Grizzly who attacks and devours a writer who has sequestered himself in a mountain cabin in order to finish his great novel, and then walks over the mountain into metropolitan Southern California, carrying the manuscript, where he (the bear) finds himself a feted literary celebrity! Fata Morgana is, in my view, his masterwork. It is a homage to the great early detective writing of Edgar Allen Poe, but - just as Virgil did much more than merely imitate Homer - so Kotzwinkle adds a brilliant modern touch to Poe's originality. Inspector Paul Picard - alias Monsieur Fanjoy - is for me the greatest literary detective of all. In this story he encounters every form of human conceit and deceit as he pursues a sinister magician who possesses a deadly fortune telling machine.
Kotzwinkle, better than any other writer I know, is the master of the single detail that tells you everything about a character in a brief, microcosmic glimpse into their unconscious.