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Fugitive Colors (Sigrid Harald #8)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  514 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
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
Feb 08, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
#8 in the NYPD Lt. Sigrid Harald series.

NYPD Lt. Sigrid Harald series - Sigrid's lover, painter Oscar Nauman, has died and left his entire estate, worth millions, to her as both legatee and executor. Still grieving, Sigrid returns to work and to the Manhattan art scene to authorize a Nauman retrospective - and it's tough to say which venue is less civilized. While Sigrid's detectives cope with a mother who insists her ne'er-do-well son's suicide was really murder, Sigrid herself gets a look at t
Dec 30, 2013 Bonnie rated it really liked it
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
Jan 27, 2014 Jo Ellen rated it really liked it
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
Kilian Metcalf
Nov 29, 2015 Kilian Metcalf rated it liked it
I finally slogged my way to the end of this series, featuring Sigrid Harald, NYPD detective. Well, sort of. There is one more, and that one more is the only reason I read my way through these books. I don't like police procedurals, and I love cozies. Margaret Maron has done both, and she has done them very well. I enjoyed the Deborah Knott series so much that I want to finish reading the series, but there is that one book where Deborah and Sigrid meet. They are distant cousins, and Deborah is vi ...more
Jul 24, 2010 Jerry rated it liked it
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
William Mosteller
Mar 05, 2016 William Mosteller rated it it was amazing
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Jan 20, 2016 Dail Sams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sigrid emerges from a black fog of grief following Nauman's death, to investigate the murder of one of his friends in the art world, and to begin dealing with all his artwork and property which he left to her.
Harry Lane
Mar 30, 2014 Harry Lane rated it liked it
Well done police procedural. Maron's Harald is a well drawn character. The series is grittier and less romantic than the Knott series.
Sep 17, 2008 Leslie rated it really liked it
I wish we had half stars, because this is more like a 3 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
Dec 22, 2015 Bill rated it really liked it
An excellent conclusion to Margaret Maron's Sigrid Harald series. I will miss this character in her novels.
Diana  Harper
Feb 11, 2015 Diana Harper rated it it was amazing
It was a wonderful ending to a really great series.
Candace Wegner
Mar 24, 2014 Candace Wegner rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 22, 2014 Lorilem1 rated it liked it
Dec 20, 2011 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 26, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing
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....
Aug 30, 2011 Claire rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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.
Veronica Crain
Jan 06, 2016 Veronica Crain rated it really liked it
Shelves: fbi-police
Just finished reading all the books in this series. I like the main character a great deal.
Jan 29, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing
My favourite of the Sigrid series, even though Oscar is dead. (Still not over that, BTW. )
Jul 29, 2008 June rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Better written than the Judge Knott series. Very good descriptive writing.
Mar 31, 2011 Helen rated it it was amazing
tear jerker beginning, oops, skipped 2 missing books in series
May 07, 2012 Phyllis rated it really liked it
good conclusion to the Sigrid Harald series but I'd love to see more
Mar 15, 2014 Denise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
I'll miss Sigrid and hope she visits Deborah soon.
Jan 23, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing
Good addition to the Sigrid Harald mystery series.
Brenda Freeman
Aug 05, 2012 Brenda Freeman rated it really liked it
Love this series. Wish there were new ones.
Tammy Goldthorpe
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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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