Foxman and the Cat Burglar
by Delas Heras
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Pub Date 17 Dec 2021 | Archive Date 21 Feb 2022
A stagehand and an aspiring actor are drawn into a masked rivalry, never suspecting that hiding behind the mask is a familiar face.
Cassandra’s life flashes before her eyes when she gets trapped in a subway door. It’s a disappointing life: she never landed the big role and she may be engaged to the wrong man. Rescued by a kind-eyed stranger, Cassandra gets a second chance to make good on her Broadway dreams, straighten out her love life, and deliver some karmic justice to the city in the guise of a slinky Cat Burglar. So long as she can shake off that pesky Foxman and the bungling police detectives on her tail.
Wilfredo’s skateboarding fox costume is a hit on Halloween. But an unexpected tussle with a fleeing thief in a Cat Burglar suit leads to a spectacular wipeout. He has no clue his mishap has been recorded in a soon-to-be viral video. Nor does he recognize his masked opponent as the green-eyed girl whose number he lost a month ago. Reveling in his every blunder is Captain Pete, the ventriloquist dummy from his childhood, whose snarky comments leave poor Wilfredo clinging to his sanity by his fingernails.
"Heras charms with simple prose and a wry-but-earnest fondness for working-class New York... There's plenty to love in this light, offbeat take on a favorite sci-fi trope."
--Publishers Weekly on The Intergalactic Interloper
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Average rating from 11 members
This was highly entertaining fiction with snappy dialogue and clever descriptions. The comic book-ish title and cover intrigued me, and I was pleased with the story I found. Just plain fun to read.
I will be completely honest, starting off this book I was a little confused but as it went on it started to make sense in a very weird but lovely way. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I thought the concept was very new and very different and I connected with both of the main characters. Part of me also wants a Fox costume of my own now
I adored this book, it was witty cunning and clever, everything I expect a fox to be. It had such an interesting and unique premise that was made better by the writing. I loved it and couldnt put it down.
I completely admit I was drawn by the cover on this, well that and the title but I am so glad that I did. This read really brightened my day, the witty and clever dialogue, the writing was so good, foxes are my favourite so I was going to be drawn to this, but never thought I’d love this as much as I did. Fantastic and highly recommended
Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
You will love the characters, the dialogue and the setting of this quirky but genuinely engaging book. With a great balance of real and unreal, it draws you inexorably in. Love the writing style - so descriptive and tight.
Awesome read, great humour and brilliantly written.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the chance to read a digital arc in exchange for my feedback.
A cunning and a witty read. Sharp lines, top notch humour and and interesting read that brightened my mood upon every sitting. Thank you Netgalley for approving my request.
Stagehand Wilfredo rescues aspiring actress Cassandra from a subway door. And then he becomes Foxman, and she becomes the Cat Burglar. The couple continue to play cat and fox without realizing who the other is. And their day jobs keep them connected on the stage where they each gain confidence and learn to thrive individually and together.
This book is cute, and it's a fun read. Some parts of slow with telling rather than showing. I also didn't like snarky Captain Pete. I would definitely read more books by this author, though.
Thank you Netgalley for an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review!
This was such a fun book to read! I immediately was drawn to this book based on the title and the cover. I had no idea what the story would be about, but I ended up having so much fun reading it! The characters were quirky and the dialogue was very witty. I've never read anything like this; I love how original it is!
Freddie - set builder and stagehand - has no idea the path his life is about to take when he clears out his old childhood possessions and brings home a fox costume and a wooden ventriloquist mannequin.
Meanwhile, Cassandra is in an unhappy relationship, unfulfilled and dreams of being on Broadway. After she is mugged and rescued by Freddie, the two strike up a friendship which sees them both hurtling on an unexpected trajectory.
With the fox costume, vigilantism, viral videos and a heap of sliding doors moments, the two friends, foiled by Freddie's internal monologue (masquerading as the ventriloquist crocodile) , a Broadway starlet and Cassandra's jealous, possesive partner, find themselves at the centre of a Broadway show, a jewellery heist AND a motion picture deal. And each other's hearts.
This was a light hearted frolicking sort of book, that was all about sliding doors and missed-it-by-that-much moments. From the goofy main character to the incompetent doughnut-eating police to the vain starlet and the waitress-cum-actress, the characters were caricatures of familiar tropes, which made this a quick read.
The crocodile, Captain Pete, was a bit of a red herring in the end, with his presence simply the manifestation of Freddie's inner monologue, and after a big introduction, that part of the storyline sort of fizzled out a bit.
All in all an entertaining read with a typical happy ending.
~Many thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review~
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