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The ‘Grand Master’ Of Mystery Writes Swan Song Novel

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Author, Margaret Maron
Cover of 'Take Out' by Margaret Maron
Credit Grand Central Publishing/2017 / Grand Central Publishing/2017
Grand Central Publishing/2017
'Take Out,' by Margaret Maron

In 1981, Margaret Maron published a mystery novel about NYPD homicide detective Sigrid Harald and her investigation of a poisoning. More than 35 years and 31 titles later, Maron felt she had one more story to tell before retiring from novel writing.

In “Take Out” (Grand Central Publishing/2017), Maron returns to her original protagonist in her Manhattan art-world setting. Harald dives into the apparent poisoning of two homeless men found dead on a city bench and follows the clues into the world of opera, art and a growing list of suspects.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Maron about her new book, her beloved characters and her perspective on a long and successful career.

Maron reads at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh at 7 p.m.Tuesday, June 27.

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Jennifer Brookland is the American Homefront Project Veterans Reporting Fellow. She covers stories about the military and veterans as well as issues affecting the people and places of North Carolina.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.