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Fugitive Colors (Sigrid Harald Mystery #8)

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Losing a fellow officer in a shoot-out is enough to rattle Sigrid's cool, controlled demeanor. Discovering that her lover, famous artist Oscar Nauman, has also been killed devastates her. She withdraws from her colleagues, her police career, her life. But it is art she cannot escape: Oscar has left her his paintings worth millions, and galleries are clamoring to sell them. ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 30th 1996 by Mysterious Press (first published 1995)
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BOTTOM LINE: The last, the best, and the most painful in this series, and an amazingly effective tie-up of most of the long-running threads. Sigrid's life changes drastically, as she works on a convoluted case while mourning the loss of her beloved Oscar. Highly recommended, but NOT if this is your first exposure to Sigrid.

WARNING: Don't begin reading this if you're at all "down" or depressed! The initial pages are quite sad and heart-tugging.

When her lover Oscar Naumann is killed in a car acc
This first novel for Lisa Barr is very ambitious and lives up to its promise. The setting is just before the outbreak of World War II and starts in New York for Julian Klein, the main character. He is the son of very orthodox Jews and is expected to follow in his father's footsteps, but rebels against the strict religious teaching to follow his heart and become an artist. He moves to Paris and meets two fellow artists and moves in with them. They decide to move to Berlin and study under Ernst En ...more
Jo Ellen
I really regret that Maron chose not to continue the Sigrid Harald series (this is the eighth book). As prickly as she is, it is fun to have a successful police lieutenant with insight and discipline. This book picks up right after Sigrid's lover, Oliver Nauman, has been killed in a car crash and she is the unwilling recipient of his estate of precious art. Hal di Pietro, Hester Cohen, Arnold Callahan (who looked like an "unhappy, overbred poodle") -- all art dealers planning on putting on a ret ...more
Last, but not best, in the Sigrid Harald Series...

Probably most readers know Margaret Maron better for her more recently published and more contemporary stories about (Judge) Deborah Knott. The Sigrid Harald series dates from the mid-80's to this, the last of the set (the eighth), Fugitive Colors, published in 1995 after a 5-year hiatus from #7. These books remind one of almost classic Ellery Queen type stories: long on police procedures, complexity of plot, and wrapping things up cleanly at th
FUGITIVE COLORS (Pol. Proc-Sigrid Harald-NYC-Cont) – G
Maron, Margaret – 8th in series
Mysterious Press, 1995, US Paperback – ISBN:0446403938

First Sentence: She lay motionless beneath the blanket and stared at the ceiling dry-eyed, fighting against doing this to herself again, yet unable to resist.

Lt. Sigrid Harald is still recovering from the sudden death of her lover, artist Oscar Nauman. His leaving her his complete estate forces her into the world art; its egos and jealousies. One of the deale
Harry Lane
Well done police procedural. Maron's Harald is a well drawn character. The series is grittier and less romantic than the Knott series.
I wish we had half stars, because this is more like a 3½ star book. It's the first Sigrid Harald book I've read, and I'll find the rest and read them. There were too many characters in this book for me to follow them easily, but I liked the police characters, especially the clutzy one, with whom I could totally relate. I have found that I'm getting too old to follow too many characters. I finally realized why the early Margaret Maron books have so much art stuff in them: her husband is an artist ...more
Candace Wegner
Loved the series. Wish it wasn't over.
Nov 05, 2009 Lynne added it
I can't read any more. I've been reading the series back to back and I'm just too torn up about Oscar. Why did he have to die? What lesson are we supposed to learn? Is it that Sigrid doesn't need him to continue to grow? I'm too close to the characters because of how quickly I've read the books. I've got to stop for a while and see if I can come back to this when I'm ready.
This is the final mystery in Maron's Sigrid Harald saga. Sigrid is a NYC police detective who is a wonderful character. She grows and develops through out each story and I will miss her. I have read the series several times.
Pretty emotionally wrenching, some of it. But excellent closure. I'm rereading the last Sigrid Harald books to refresh my memory as Sigrid reappears with Deborah Knott in the two newest books.
This was one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a great long time. Of course, the artistic nature of the book was the big appeal to me. The story line was grat too.
Jun 13, 2011 May added it
Shelves: mysteries
Not so much my thing. Parts were interesting, but mostly, I was happy to have finished the book. The story was too obvious, guy, insurance, wife, weird parents....
Appealing characters, enough mystery to keep me interested. Dropped some nice hints along the way, so I was able to figure out a few things for myself.
My favourite of the Sigrid series, even though Oscar is dead. (Still not over that, BTW. )
Jul 29, 2008 June rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Better written than the Judge Knott series. Very good descriptive writing.
tear jerker beginning, oops, skipped 2 missing books in series
good conclusion to the Sigrid Harald series but I'd love to see more
I'll miss Sigrid and hope she visits Deborah soon.
Good addition to the Sigrid Harald mystery series.
Brenda Freeman
Love this series. Wish there were new ones.
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Born and raised in central North Carolina, Margaret Maron lived in Italy before returning to the USA where she and her husband now live. In addition to a collection of short stories she's also the author of 16 mystery novels. Her works have been translated into seven languages her Bootlegger's Daughter, a Washington Post Bestseller won Edgar Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity awards. She is a past pres ...more
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