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A Voice in the Night is the twentieth compelling crime novel in the phenomenally successful Inspector Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri.
It occurred to him that he might not have had anything to do with Strangio's death. It was a voice in the night, an anonymous voice, that had told him this. A voice in the night that could easily have been the voice of his conscience.
Feeling his age, as his birthday rolls round once again, Inspector Montalbano decides to cheer himself up by dealing with a young driver's road rage in his own unique way.
But his joy is short-lived, as at police headquarters he receives an angry phone call from a supermarket boss; there's been a robbery at his store and Montalbano's colleague is treating him as a suspect. On arrival at the scene, Montalbano quickly agrees with Inspector Augello that this was no ordinary break-in, but with the supermarket's infamous links to the Mafia creating problems at every turn, this isn't going to be an easy case for the inspector to solve.
And to add to the inspector's burden, the young driver he made an enemy of earlier on has returned to police headquarters to report a shocking crime . . .
A Voice in the Night is followed by the twenty-first gripping mystery, A Nest of Vipers.
The case at the heart of bestseller Camilleri's sardonic 20th mystery featuring Sicily's Insp. Salvo Montalbano (after 2015's A Beam of Light) starts innocuously with the report of a supermarket burglary. But since locals know that the enterprise is owned by the Cuffaro family, it's clear that something else is going on and, sure enough, within hours there's a related suicide of the supermarket's manager, previously accountant for several Cuffaro businesses, which probably isn't a suicide at all. As if pressure from the commissioner over Montalbano's handling of the probe weren't headache enough, a night watchman who may have seen too much vanishes. Like some of the Sicilian delicacies that provide the inspector a brief respite from his labors, Camilleri's mix of the harrowing and the humorous is at times an acquired taste particularly Montalbano's language-butchering assistant Catarella ("I beck yer partin' for distrubbin' yiz!"), who could have stepped straight out of a Marx Brothers movie.