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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press (June 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446403938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446403931
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 122 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #472,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Although it has been five years since readers last met NYPD homicide detective Lt. Sigrid Harald (in Past Imperfect), only two fictional months have elapsed since Sigrid's lover, painter Oscar Nauman, 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 the dirt trapped under high culture's polished veneer. Soon after a painter angrily causes a ruckus at an opening staged by a prominent art dealer, Sigrid discovers the dealer's bludgeoned corpse in Oscar's?now her?studio apartment. Although Sigrid assigns one of her men to take charge of the case, it is her own sensitivity to enmities and old grudges in the art world that finally reveals the entire picture, although not before another life is lost. Maron adeptly establishes a coolly thematic and deceptive link among the deaths as she constructs her affecting mystery out of distinctive blend of art-world politics, past crimes and present grief.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Maron reawakens a too-long dormant series with the return of Lt. Sigrid Harald of the NYPD. The deaths of a fellow officer and of her artist lover throw Sigrid into decline?until her lover's legacy of valuable paintings leads to the murder of a greedy art dealer.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 the end; somewhat shorter on interesting characters, locales, or other diversions to enhance the entertainment value. Like watching an old TV show in black and white, our leading lady Sigrid is herself kind of a plain, by-the-books supervisor without much femininity or complexity. She did take on a much older lover somewhere along the line, an Arts Professor and painter (Oscar Nauman). He suddenly turns up dead (auto accident) at the start of this story, certainly an unexpected development; and we spend much of the first part of the book with Sigrid out of work grieving, art galleries posturing over showing and selling his works, etc. The mystery doesn't really get going until one of the art scene gallery principals is found quite dead. At that point, things pretty much returned to techniques of the earlier works.
I generally liked this somewhat old-fashioned series of mysteries. I grew somewhat fond of Sigrid despite her shyness and low profile, and there were signs she was gaining more worldliness with every passing book. There was just enough continuing story with some of her colleagues, and her painter-lover, that the characters were becoming more accustomed, more familiar friends. And make no mistake, Maron is a fine writer. I would rate most if not all of the other stories as "4's".
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I usually don't enjoy the Sigrid Harald series, she is a little too one dimensional. This novel, however makes her a real person and not a stick figure with all the really interesting people around her. The mystery is great and the book moves very quickly with a nice twist at the end. The characters-cops, artists, and gallery owners are all very quirky, making this a very easy book to read.
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By Linda S Fothergill on Aug. 31 2014
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I initially started reading the Sigrid Harald series to fill in the back story of this character I first encountered reading the Deborah Knott series. Found this one a bit anti climatic while at the same time wishing there were more in the series to look forward to not just periodic encounters of Sigrid in the Knott series.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Last, but not best, in the Sigrid Harald Series Jan. 24 2002
By Jerry Bull - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 the end; somewhat shorter on interesting characters, locales, or other diversions to enhance the entertainment value. Like watching an old TV show in black and white, our leading lady Sigrid is herself kind of a plain, by-the-books supervisor without much femininity or complexity. She did take on a much older lover somewhere along the line, an Arts Professor and painter (Oscar Nauman). He suddenly turns up dead (auto accident) at the start of this story, certainly an unexpected development; and we spend much of the first part of the book with Sigrid out of work grieving, art galleries posturing over showing and selling his works, etc. The mystery doesn't really get going until one of the art scene gallery principals is found quite dead. At that point, things pretty much returned to techniques of the earlier works.
I generally liked this somewhat old-fashioned series of mysteries. I grew somewhat fond of Sigrid despite her shyness and low profile, and there were signs she was gaining more worldliness with every passing book. There was just enough continuing story with some of her colleagues, and her painter-lover, that the characters were becoming more accustomed, more familiar friends. And make no mistake, Maron is a fine writer. I would rate most if not all of the other stories as "4's". But somehow, the disjointed start to this one, the fact that it almost seemed like the last of the series (even if I had not known it), just didn't provide the expected enjoyment. It was almost like the publisher insisted Maron dust Sigrid off and give us one more for the gipper, but that she did so reluctantly. Maybe her lack of joy translated into our own, hence the "3".
I guess I'll go see what Deborah Knott is up to!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A fast moving Sigrid Harald mystery July 17 2000
By Moe811 - Published on Amazon.com
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I usually don't enjoy the Sigrid Harald series, she is a little too one dimensional. This novel, however makes her a real person and not a stick figure with all the really interesting people around her. The mystery is great and the book moves very quickly with a nice twist at the end. The characters-cops, artists, and gallery owners are all very quirky, making this a very easy book to read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Ugly background to beautiful art June 16 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This Sigrid Harald mystery follows two cases simultaneously--the murder or suicide of a spoiled drug user, estranged from his wife and baby daughter, and the murder of a second-generation art dealer in New York City. The perpetrators of these acts may come as a surprise. Sigrid Harald may not be as popular as Deborah Knott, but she and her police colleagues take on distinct personalities as the author begins to flesh out their characteristics.
An enjoyable read Jan. 8 2009
By L. J. Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 dealers involved in a four gallery show of Nauman's work has been murdered in the late artist's apartment. Sigrid's team has its own challenges when what was thought to be a suicide may have actually been a murder.

It's interesting to read a non-Deborah Knott book. Her trademark powers of description of very much in evidence whether it be describing Sigrid's grief, or New York City.

There was a good balance of the two cases. Had the book only focused on the art world, some readers might have found the story tedious. Having the second case gave a balance to the story and also showed the diversity of the City.

Although written as recently as 1995, it was interesting to realize that personal computers were still relative new for home use. The book also did reflect the still sexist attitudes of the time in the constant focus by fellow officers on Sigrid's appearance.

It was an enjoyable read, but I do prefer her Deborah Knott books more.
End of a Year Jan. 20 2014
By D. Welch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Good ending to the series. I started out with Deborah Knott, and was delighted to find Sigrid after I became such a Maron fan. Read almost all of the the week of Christmas. Was sad to see her go, but am looking forward to the next Deborah Knott novel!


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