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Catch Us the Foxes

Nicola West



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Simon & Schuster
07 July 2021
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Nicola West's dark tale is set in the sparkling coastal town of Kiama, not too far south of Sydney, yet the townsfolk may not be enjoying their literary moment given the portrayal here. Then again, maybe they'll love it!

The youthful protagonist of Marlowe (just out of uni) is full of barely contained energy, which is a change-up from old cops, lawyers & journos with complicated pasts.

The story moves fast as she gets drawn deeper into unravelling the mystery surrounding the murder of her friend, Lily, and the quandary of who to trust - even herself - makes this an enjoyable and engrossing read. Craig Kirchner

Some secrets you try to hide. Others you don't dare let out...

Twin Peaks meets The Dry in a deliciously dark and twisted tale that unravels a small Australian country town.

Ambitious young journalist Marlowe 'Lo' Robertson would do anything to escape the suffocating confines of her small home town. While begrudgingly covering the annual show for the local newspaper, Lo is horrified to discover the mutilated corpse of her best friend - the town's reigning showgirl, Lily Williams.

Seven strange symbols have been ruthlessly carved into Lily's back. But when Lo reports her grisly find to the town's police chief, he makes her promise not to tell anyone about the symbols. Lo obliges, though it's not like she has much of a choice - after all, he is also her father.

When Lily's murder makes headlines around the country and the town is invaded by the media, Lo seizes the opportunity to track down the killer and make a name for herself by breaking the biggest story of her life.

What Lo uncovers is that her sleepy home town has been harbouring a deadly secret, one so shocking that it will captivate the entire nation.

Lo's story will change the course of her life forever, but in a way she could never have dreamed of.

'Introduces a bold, headstrong yet vulnerable protagonist in Marlowe and the pages spark with cracking dialogue, packed with unexpected twists...' Books+Publishing
 catch us the foxes by nicola west
Imprint:   Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781760857479
ISBN 10:   1760857475
Pages:   384
Publication Date:  
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Nicola West is the daughter of a third-generation police officer and grew up in a bucolic coastal town in New South Wales. After moving to Sydney to pursue a career in journalism, she vowed to be as far removed from both her hometown and her father's profession as possible-that is until she found herself writing a novel about both topics. In addition to being one of eight young writers chosen to take part in Express Media's 2018 Toolkits: Fiction program, Nicola was also selected for the Australian Society of Authors' 2019 Award Mentorship Program. She was a mentee of bestselling author Monica McInerney. Catch Us the Foxes is Nicola's first novel. She lives in Sydney and can be found on Twitter and Instagram @nicolawestbooks or via

Reviews for Catch Us the Foxes

'Introduces a bold, headstrong yet vulnerable protagonist in Marlowe and the pages spark with cracking dialogue, packed with unexpected twists...' * Books+Publishing *

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