Caught by Lisa MooreCaught by Lisa Moore


byLisa Moore

Paperback | February 4, 2014

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Shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Selected as an Best Book and for The Globe 100 Books in 2013.

Now available in paperback, internationally acclaimed author Lisa Moore offers us a remarkable novel about a man who escapes from prison to embark upon one of the most ambitious pot-smuggling adventures ever attempted.

It's June, 1978, and David Slaney can be sure of only one thing. He can't get caught; not this time. He's escaped from prison and has got to make good on the heist that went wrong, win back the woman he loves, and make a big enough profit to buy himself a new life. First, though, he must get himself across a vast country full of watchful eyes, booby traps, and friends who might be foes.

Here are bravado and betrayal, bad weather and worse seas, love, lust, undercover agents, the collusion of governments, innocence and the loss thereof, and many, many bales of marijuana. Here, too, is the seeming invincibility of youth and all the folly that it allows.

Caught is exuberant, relentlessly suspenseful, and utterly unique - an adventure novel the way only Lisa Moore could write it.

Lisa Moore is the acclaimed author of February and Alligator. February won CBC's Canada Reads competition, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and was named a New Yorker Best Book of the Year, and a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book. Alligator was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Canada...
Title:CaughtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.78 inPublished:February 4, 2014Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770894535

ISBN - 13:9781770894532

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Critical Literature A very artfully written novel about the struggles of a convict in the 1970's. The language can be overwrought at times, but the grand themes are engaging. Not a quick read. Be prepared to think critically about the minute details. Give yourself time to ponder.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointing This book may be well written but I found I didn't care about the characters at all. They were uninteresting with little plot. I bought it for the author's acclaim but it was time lost to me forever. Sorry I bought and read it.
Date published: 2015-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Caught A riveting quick read. The author has a good grasp of what keeps a readers attention. I had several novels on the go and this one held my attention.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring Really boring, you know the whole story just by reading the start of the book. Very predictable,dont waste your time
Date published: 2015-05-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ho Hum I really did not find this book all the exciting. When Slaney escaped from jail and the hurricane that was about the extent of the excitement.. Other than that I found it rather mundane. Very HuHum. Definitely not impressive for the first time reading this author's work.
Date published: 2014-10-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Caught Kind of slow pace. Only became interested about half way through! Not my kind of writing style. Not enough suspense.
Date published: 2014-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lisa Moore Fan I loved this book. Emotionally engaging and, strangely, finding myself "caught" up in the characters motivations and dilemmas.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! Lisa develops characters beautifully and has a wonderful writing style that just pulls you in. Written on location in Atlantic Canada, we hear about a prison escapee who becomes involved in one of the largest pot smuggling operations ever attempted. You feel as if you are in the book watching the events unfold; bad weather and seas, love, undercover agents, the collusion of governments and many, many bales of marijuana.
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Caught This was a great book. I enjoyed the writing and the characters. This is probably the best Canadian book I have read.
Date published: 2014-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Caught Nominated for theGiller this is a story of Slaney,,,out of jail and hiding out all while hoping to continue where he left off...enjoyable
Date published: 2013-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, taut, and evocative Have just finished a second reading of Caught. I've read all of Lisa's novels – Alligator, February, and Caught – twice, not because the plot and characters are so fascinating, which they are, but because the language is so beautiful, taut, and evocative. Even when you know exactly what will happen, you can be captivated by the writing alone. Although February is my personal favourite, I could easily read all three novels again, just to be swept away by Lisa's style The characters and plot in Caught are gripping, but not unusual; it is the way in which the exquisite prose reveals characters and plot that is unique and provocative. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2013-08-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from "Caught. By Lisa Moore This one, of Lisa Moore was a disappointment. The title gives you the ending. Not smart in my view. I will try "Alligator " next.
Date published: 2013-07-07

Editorial Reviews

"Even we, as readers, will be caught by the timbre and skill of Moore's storytelling and her careful sculpting of characters." - Jodi Delong, Chronicle Herald"With linguistic verve and a magnified curiosity about whatever passes through her field of vision, Moore elevates the cops-and-robbers subgenre to literary respectability." - Richard Cumyn, Winnipeg Review"In the creation of David Slaney, Lisa Moore brings us an unforgettable character, embodying the exuberance and energy of misspent youth. Caught is a propulsive and harrowing read." - Patrick deWitt, author of The Sisters Brothers"Caught is an outstanding novel, combining the complexity of the best literary fiction with the page-turning compulsive readability of a thriller." - Jeet Heer, National Post"[Lisa Moore's] written a new kind of legend for a new Newfoundland." - Emily Landau, Reader's Digest"[T]his novel that is rife with realness, and beauty, and tension; so much it hurts, in the best possible way." - Morgan Murray, Newfoundland Quarterly"Moore's prose is as vivid as ever..." - Susan G Cole, NOW Magazine".precise, compressed, intimately rhythmic, mesmerizingly smart." - Leah Hager Cohen, Globe and Mail"Lisa Moore's new book is a beautiful piece of writing." - Duncan McMonagle, Winnipeg Free Press"...Caught proceeds like a lit fuse." - David Chau, Georgia Straight"As trippy, mellow, and revelatory as Hearn's weed, Caught takes pleasure from rewriting crime formulas and gives pleasure in doing so." - Brett Josef Grubisic, The Vancouver Sun"There is so much more to praise Moore for. The novel is rich with her subtle injections of humour, her careful pacing, and her clear yet coarse dialogue that leaves just enough unsaid. Of course, it also lives up to the ultimate test of a thriller - there is no doubt that this is a page-turner." - Kaiva Brammanis, McGill Daily".in Caught Moore has clearly set out to challenge the conventions of crime writing." - Jeff Miller, Cult Montreal"...witty, retrospective, eloquent and exciting. Moore has crafted an old-timey adventure with good guys and bad guys - who are also one in the same." - Amy Rosen, Chatelaine"This is an author who grips you with her impeccable use of language. The novel walks a great line between paperback levity and psychological intelligence-exactly what you want in a summer read." - Julia De Laurentiis Johnson, Maclean's".sharp lines, seedy characters and the kind of can't-put-it-down suspense you might expect from a dime store detective novel but with Lisa Moore-level construction, detail and meticulous prose. This isn't Moore slumming it in suspense fiction-but genre elevation." - The Coast"The reader can only marvel at the precision of Moore's obervations." - Mark Frutkin, Literary Review of Canada"...Moore's Caught is a fantastic read. It's a rapid ride, with a strong current of tension that never lets up." - Jennifer Lori, PRISM international"A superbly written novel that crosses literary boundaries, Caught will surely garner [Moore] even wider readership." - Mike Heffernan, Atlantic Books Today"Caught is a pleasure to read. The narrative is cohesive and propulsive, but it's Moore's mastery of language and image that sets her apart." - Heather Cromarty, Quill & Quire"Moore's ability to conceal a drum-tight plot line and an unflagging fidelity to the thematic pillars of Caught-mistakes and luck, trust and doubt, consequences and freedom-in the cloak of rough-and-tumble prose is something to behold." - Laurie D Graham, The Malahat Review