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Caught [Hardcover]

Lisa Moore
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Book Description

May 24 2013

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.

"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

Internationally acclaimed author Lisa Moore offers us a remarkable new novel about a man who escapes from prison to embark upon one of the most ambitious pot-smuggling adventures ever attempted.

Here are bravado and betrayal, bad weather and seas, love, undercover agents, the collusion of governments, unbridled ambition, 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 an exuberant, relentlessly suspenseful, and utterly unique novel, and promises to be the astonishing Lisa Moore’s most accomplished work to date.

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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 2013-04-05)

[Lisa Moore’s] written a new kind of legend for a new Newfoundland. (Emily Landau Reader's Digest 2013-06-01)

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 2013-05-31)

Lisa Moore’s new book is a beautiful piece of writing… (Duncan McMonagle Winnipeg Free Press 2013-06-08)

…precise, compressed, intimately rhythmic, mesmerizingly smart. (Leah Hager Cohen Globe and Mail 2013-06-07)

[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 2013-06-01)

Moore’s prose is as vivid as ever... (Susan G. Cole NOW Magazine 2013-06-01)

…Caught proceeds like a lit fuse. (David Chau Georgia Straight 2013-06-13)

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 2013-06-14)

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 2013-06-15)

…in Caught Moore has clearly set out to challenge the conventions of crime writing. (Jeff Miller Cult Montreal 2013-06-17)

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 2013-06-22)

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 2013-07-05)

…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 2013-07-10)

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 2013-07-22)

The reader can only marvel at the precision of Moore's observations. (Mark Frutkin Literary Review of Canada 2013-09-05)

...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 2013-06-20)

...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 2013-11-13)

A superbly written novel that crosses literary boundaries, Caught will surely garner [Moore] even wider readership. (Mike Heffernan Atlantic Books Today 2013-10-01)

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 2013-07-01)

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 2013-10-01)

About the Author

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 and the Caribbean), and was a national bestseller. Her story collection Open was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a national bestseller. She lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Literary Thriller July 11 2013
By Susan
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Lisa Moore's new book grabs the reader from the first page and never lets go. Our protagonist escapes from prison and we spend the rest of the book wondering if and when he will be caught. The characters in this book are well developed, with many flashbacks to fully flesh out what it is that makes them tick. We travel across Canada, sail to Mexico always feeling tension about getting 'caught' and, conversely, hoping that at some point he might go straight. Despite the wide variation in place, the essence of the main character's Newfoundland origins are never lost.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a book !!! Dec 19 2013
By Novel Girl TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish, and didn't want the story to end. The story really grabs you right from the beginning and totally keeps you reading, and even when you put it down you get right back in it when you pick it up again. It is thrilling, suspenseful, entertaining, funny, and that's just the story. The writing is so exceptionally descriptive and beautiful to read. You will think about David Slaney long after the book has ended, and like me you will not want it to end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, of course. Aug. 18 2013
By Bobbi
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Lisa Moore knocked me out with February, and now she does it again. I loved this book—the character development, the language, the story, all spun into a tale well worth reading.
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Disappointing read. I have been told by literary friends that Lisa Moore is more comfortable writing in the short story genre. This novel was not one of her best but I plan to check out her other books. There is lots of great literature out of Newfoundland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read It! Aug. 18 2014
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Fabulous book great read, lots of action and biting characters that grip your mind and hold on. Moore's ability to pile flashback on flashback and make it all make sense is admirable. Just read the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not bad June 19 2014
By Ryan
book was pretty good, ive read better or maybe this book just wasn't my type. but it wasn't bad. very readable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was Caught - Unexpectedly April 27 2014
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Not having heard of Lisa Moore and her stellar writing career, I was Caught up in this book quite unexpectedly. I had bought the Kindle Edition based on not a lot of information.
I loved David, the main character of the book, and all the wonderful characters that he meets, or who plot against him, in his new attempt to strike it rich by importing pot from Columbia. The book starts as he's just escaped prison from his first try at this. But he knows where he made the mistakes first time, so he's good for the success run - or so he believes.
This book is a page turner. It's rich in character. It's a great romp across Canada and to southern climes by boat, and it's a cat and mouse game throughout: Who is going to win - the law or him?
The author's deft pen give this wonderful story a sense of authenticity and pathos. Don't miss it. A great book for the beach.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Canadian Thriller
Nice to read a new author with a gift for language who based this work on true incidents that have become a part of Newfoundland Folklore.
Published 7 months ago by Bill Murdoch
3.0 out of 5 stars caught
Story was very interesting at the beginning,but was dragged on perversity the trip across would have been very good short story. The author's,writing is fantastic.
Published 7 months ago by Paul Archambault
4.0 out of 5 stars My choice for the 2013 Giller
Caught first hit my radar when it was nominated for the 2013 Giller prize and if I was one of the judges it would have won.

The novel centres about David Slaney. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Christa Seeley
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I bought this book due to all the great reviews but I could only read half of it when I realized I was
not enjoying the book at all but just waiting for it to get better. Read more
Published 10 months ago by gernleaf
3.0 out of 5 stars Caught but not Catching
I don't know. Perhaps a retro ride will work for some readers but I found that this book really took off but got bogged down with an back-story of an inept covert operation by the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dave the Rave
1.0 out of 5 stars caught
It is very rare that I don't finish a book once I've started but Lisa Moore's Caught was one of them....this one is a snore... Read more
Published 12 months ago by sue
5.0 out of 5 stars 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,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Annamarie Beckel
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