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. Just as the early Italian masters painted a wash of vermilion over green to produce the warm flesh tones of their Madonnas - only to have time fade the red to leave a deathlike tint behind - Sigrid begins to see through the vibrant surface of New York's art world to the interplay of revenge, greed, and power beneath. These are motives she recognizes from her police work as catalysts for murder. And when a shocking homicide occurs, it hits close to home for Sigrid, implicating Oscar's friends and fellow artists in the crime. Her desire to find the killer now puts Sigrid back on the job and out on the street. More than justice is at stake: whether she can still cut it on the force and whether she will ever again dare to love hangs in the balance. Fugitive Colors goes beyond the whodunit genre to combine a top-notch mystery with a portrait of a woman cop indelibly changed - able to notice the background details, the subtle shades, and the feelings that ultimately damn or save us all.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DrLed - LibraryThing
Synopsis: Sigrid has been made the executor of Oscar's estate and she doesn't want to deal with it. However, one of the people involved is killed and she has to help discover why. There are several ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - pennykaplan - LibraryThing
The last Sigrod Harald mystery by Margaret Maron, published in 1995, and I discover it 20 years later. Policewoman Sigrid is devasted by the death of her famous artist lover, but recovers when murders occur in the NYC art world her inhabited. Just my cut of tea, although a bit dated now. Read full review