Colonel Zoo  by Olivier Cadiot, Green Integer, 2005

Is he a madman or the best butler imaginable? Cadiot's zany first novel takes the British weekend house party, version Ishiguro & ‚ÄčThe Remains of the Day, and adds a large dose of slapstick humor. Bordering on both the surreal and the sinister, Colonel Zoo interweaves themes of servitude, espionage, escape, and, ultimately, victory in an unsuspected quarter.