Andrea Camilleri’s Montalbano stories are addictive.
In Camilleri’s The Paper Moon, someone kills a pharmaceutical distributor, a drug salesman.
The killer leaves the man in an obscene, demeaning position.
Montalbano finds all kinds of possible motives. The victim was having an affair with a married woman. He has a controlling sister. He is a gambling addict who has lost a huge amount of money. He has connections in high places He is involved with the Mafia. He has a previous history with the law. And he has a huge unexplainable amount of money stuffed away.
Montalbano works through all this to solve the crime and then to cover up the true story.
Along the way, Montalbano worries about growing old. (He is now in his fifties.) He worries he is losing his memory. He thinks about death, not quite fixating on death as he will a little farther down the road.
Stephen Sartarelli translates these books into English.