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Caught Hardcover – May 6 2013
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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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The novel centres about David Slaney. He is a fabulous complex character. He’s an escaped prison convict and an international drug smuggler yet he’s extremely personable and his story is quite engrossing. You almost find yourself wanting him to succeed in breaking a ton of laws. On the other side of the coin, however, is Patterson, the cop assigned to Slaney’s case. Though the novel spends less time on Patterson, he feels no less developed than Slaney. A testament to Moore’s eye for detail. As the narrative switches back and forth between them you find yourself rooting for each one to succeed, even though they have such opposing goals.
Lisa Moore’s writing is quick, clever and insightful. You could almost miss how brilliant it is because it flows so smoothly. For example: “He could feel luck like an animal presence, feral and watchful. He would have to coax it into the open. Grab it by the throat.” Her descriptions were spot on and conjured up incredibly detailed scenes in my mind while reading. Strong characters, great writing, Caught is yet another example of why Canadian literature rocks.
This review originally appeared at More Than Just Magic ([...]
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Boring and pointless. And shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Canadian fiction must be in a parlous state.Published 17 months ago by AnonCan
Disappointing read. I have been told by literary friends that Lisa Moore is more comfortable writing in the short story genre. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Miranda Jones
book was pretty good, ive read better or maybe this book just wasn't my type. but it wasn't bad. very readable.Published on June 19 2014 by Ryan
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 on Jan. 26 2014 by Bill Murdoch
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
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 morePublished on Oct. 25 2013 by Dave the Rave