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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  1,209 ratings  ·  223 reviews
Caught begins with a prison break. Twenty-five-year-old David Slaney, locked up on charges of marijuana possession, has escaped his cell and sprinted to the highway. There, he is picked up by a friend of his sister’s and transported to a strip bar where he survives his first night on the run. But evading the cops isn’t his only objective; Slaney intends to track down his o ...more
Hardcover, 314 pages
Published May 24th 2013 by House of Anansi Press (first published 2013)
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Giller Prize 2013 Longlist
2nd out of 13 books — 23 voters
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Caught frustrated me, made me smile, awed me, but mostly frustrated me.

Lisa Moore is a fantastic writer, and I think her skills are far better suited to a meditation like February than an ostensible adventure like Caught. Don't get me wrong - the writing in this book is astonishing. Moore has an ability to capture instants like no other author I've read. She's perceptive, incisive, unsentimental, and her ability to capture how we actually experience time - in sputters, jolts, and drawn out etern
J. Robinson
Don’t wait to pick up a copy of Lisa Moore’s new novel, Caught. It may strike you as a departure in terms of subject matter from her earlier work—if not for its high literary quality it might inadvertently be slotted simply as a detective novel--but anyone who loves good writing will revel in the novel for many reasons. Each sentence in Caught is so carefully constructed—each word has clearly been chosen with thought and meticulous care, and yet not so much as to negatively affect the pacing. Th ...more
I know Lisa Moore best as a short fiction author. I think that is a style that suits her perfectly, and one that she cannot completely shake off in this novel. The precision with which she writes, all the hidden metaphors and images throughout the story, they all look like they come out of short story. Only I’m not sure that it really works in a full scale novel. You just read novels a different way, or at least I do.
Sometimes there is paragraph that really catches your attention though, like th
Michelle Sheaves
One thing that bothered me about this book was that I couldn't understand why anyone would want to go all the way down to Columbia to smuggle pot into Vancouver. Come on, really. There's practically a grow op on every block in Vancouver. This would make as much sense as Alberta buying its beef from Florida. Also, marijuana would be awkward to smuggle. Its stinks and its not worth a lot of money per pound. I don't understand why they weren't smuggling cocaine instead. Because of this I found it h ...more
"Chussled". It's a lovely word.
As in, , "The leaves of the lupins chussled like the turning pages of a glossy magazine."
Descriptions are precise, unexpectedly shining light on small details, illuminating the reality. The reality is mundane and unforgiving, but Moore portrays her characters with sympathetic understanding.

Slaney is a man helplessly caught in his own stupidity. He got caught trying to smuggle marijuana into Newfoundland. Very little in the book actually took place in Newfoundland,
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Shirley Schwartz
It all begins with a prison break. David Slaney escapes from prison in Nova Scotia. He had been incarcerated for drug trafficking four years previously (when he was 21). He manages to escape and sets out on cross-Canada tour to his partner in crime who we come to know as Hearn. He sets out to try to recoup his losses by marijuana traffficking from Columbia back to Canada. The book is all about how David Slaney sees the world as he treks across the country and down the Pacific Ocean to Columbia. ...more
Allegra Young
The plot didn't really interest me at first glance, but I love Moore's writing so I knew I would read it at some point. This book was really, really good. Well-crafted writing that surprises with its creativity and sometimes reads like prose. Moore's written a friendship between the main character Slaney and his partner in crime (literally), Hearn, that reminds me of the relationship between Ren and Amanda in "Year of the Flood."

Also, interestingly, I had a conversation with my boyfriend recentl
Now that I have read two books by Lisa Moore ("February" and "Caught"), I realize that she is a very manipulative writer! I mean that in the best way! How she contrives to make us care about both the detective and his prey is very masterful. Throughout this very exciting story, I was rooting for Slaney to get away and also for Patterson to catch him so that he could get his promotion. This is probably what made the novel so much fun to read.

This book is very different from "February" although,
Caught was a fast paced novel that really kept me on the edge of my seat. There was always that fear of will he get caught. Though it did give me some stress while reading I really liked it. I had not read a novel previous to caught where it actually affected me physically as well as emotionally. I attribute that to really good writing. I think relating to a criminal and seeing Slaney’s human side was really a very eye opening experience for me. Though I like to have an open mind I know when I s ...more
Caught was a fast paced novel that kept me on edge and turning pages into the night. The character of Slaney was relatable and interesting despite being a criminal. Slaney may have been a drug dealer but his character was charming, resourceful and very human. I don’t usually read books that are as fast paced as Caught but I was pleasantly surprised by how enthralled I was in it. I think a strength of the novel was the beginning because having it open on a prison break gets the reader immediately ...more
John Rikhtegar
I am a high school student, and this was by far the most enjoyable and fun book for me to read all year. The novel, 'Caught' by Lisa Moore, depicts the adventure of David Slainey, a Newfoundlander convict who has escaped the Nova Scotia prison and has set across Canada to start up once again, his drug dealing addiction.

This is a very mysterious novel, and can be easily related to us, Canadians. David Slainey wants to reach Vancouver, and Lisa Moore talks about numerous Canadian provinces which
Caught tells the story of a prison break. Straight off the bat, the story begins with adventure and suspense as David Slaney escapes from prison and is making his way towards the highway to be picked up by a friend of his sister’s. Despite having been locked up for 5 years on charges of marijuana possession, Slaney is dedicated to returning to the drug business and tracking down his partner in crime Hearn.

The novel ended up being one of my favourites read in class, though I was initially not t
The writing was wonderful: muscular and visceral. I felt the story was somehow slight compared to the writing or maybe it was that the protagonist and the voice were mismatched; I felt that I was reading the author's observations and descriptions and not those of Slaney. Sometimes the excrutiating detail of the observations was, well, excrutiating.
Niki Mclaren
Jesus. Lisa Moore sure has a way with words. Against all odds I fell in love with her protagonist David Slaney and found myself constantly yelling at him to stop being such a dunce. My only complaint was that none of the characters truly grew as people or learned a lesson in any way. Minus one star for that. Otherwise, a wonderfully told story.
Charlotte Wnendt
Caught, an interesting, in depth novel for anyone interested in reading a story of a young male canadian drug smuggler.

At points while reading the book Moore's amazing talent to capture the wide variety of descriptive detail may make the reader struggle a bit to keep focused and stay interested. I thought the book was a fresh and different read, being set in Canada made me smile as I never before have imagined Canadians capable of smuggling drugs as the generalized and stereotyped image of canad
I thought that this novel was a little slow. I thought that the action in the novel made it interesting, but I found that the book was difficult to read because of how slow the events took place. I thought that the characters were unique and very interesting; and the relationship that they shared were very sweet. I found that it was strange that the author chose not to use subtitles which bothered me at first, because I did not know what was going on. I did not enjoy how the novel was rather pre ...more
Felicity Gibson

“Caught’ by Lisa Moore. ( Read January 3rd 2014 )

Lisa Moore’s ‘Caught’ is a real page turner. The story is easy to understand: there is a smuggler (escaped from prison), a cop following him, a chase and a supporting cast of rogues and secondary characters. The book starts strong with a hair-raising prison escape in Nova Scotia. David Slaney, partially succeeds because the police want to track him to his partner in crime, who we get to know is Hearn. He crosses Canada to find Hearn and to try a
Elisa Rhodes
As a grade 12 high school student, our class was required to read the novel “Caught” by Lisa Moore. Throughout all my years of high school English, I would have to say that this novel was my favorite to read. The novel is filled with excitement and thrill.

The novel, “Caught” beings with the main character, David Slaney’s prison escape. Slaney is a Newfoundlander convict, who escapes prison years into his sentence for one of the biggest pot-smuggling cases in Canadian history. Once Slaney escap
Caught is about a man who escapes from prison to embark upon one of the most ambitious pot-smuggling adventures ever attempted.

There's 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.

Set in the 1970's with character from Newfoundland, it was wonderful to hear the names of Canadia
Megan Treseder
This book started out with some promise, and surprisingly, the author kept my attention throughout most of it. But I never felt like I got to know or understand the characters. And the dialogue was super distracting. People talked in a kind of shorthand that was hard to follow. Plus, the author didn't feel the need to use quotation marks, which drives me crazy! So, you're not always sure who's talking or if someone is even speaking aloud. Why do writers do that? It doesn't advance or add to the ...more
“Slaney had to believe there was a connection between people. He had to believe trust was pure too. It was worth fighting for. He trusted Hearn. He could say that out loud. It would be better that way. And he had no choice. Trust lit up on its own sometimes without cause, and there was no way to extinguish that kind of trust.”

Lisa Moore has an unusual writing style. There is an untutored quality to her writing that feels unique and unpracticed. It makes this reader slow down, and read more thou
Annie Marland
Caught was a great novel to read because of the contemporary storyline. This modern idea takes shape quite easily in my mind. Something that I found a little bit detrimental to the flow of the novel was the copious amount of attention that Moore put towards the setting and description. A more personal view of some of the characters might have added to the interest level of the novel. However, Moore may have chosen to do this to fit in with the storyline of the novel: scattered, monotonous, and f ...more
Why is the conclusion given away in the title???
Perhaps because of this give-away, perhaps because of the time period or the style of writing, I felt like I was removed from the action. Not just a fly on the wall -- farther away than that. I felt like emotion was removed from the story. It was eventful, perhaps even adventurous, but detached. I suppose this is some of the genious of the narrative? Or it's just a quirk. I was compelled to continue reading, but I never felt like I enjoyed the sto
This book is a tough one to review. The story was intriguing and I couldn't put the book down. But the story was not believable. I kept thinking could, David -the main character really be so dense? That was frustrating, his inability to see that his ability to achieve his ultimate goal was an impossibility. And his definite lack of intuitiveness left me practical screaming at him in my mind. But that is what makes the book such a page turner. And then the ending left me feeling empty and disappo ...more
Scott Harris
This is homegrown story of good ol' boys from Atlantic Canada who try to make it rich in the international drug smuggling world. The writing is good and the plot is interesting but there it lacks some of the depth I was expecting. I enjoyed the Canadian setting and culture that pervaded the story. The details however were a bit simplified and the complexities of the criminal justice process were largely overlooked, making the police far more organized and coordinated than would happen in real li ...more
"There are mistakes that stand in the centre of an empty field and cry out for love. (p.6)
He felt the unspooling of time." (p.10)

"A butterfly or comet or silver bullet. Something untouched, inviolate, capable of velocity, flight. He was willing to put it to the test. Take it out for a spin." (p.39)

"Her trust was a magnetic force field. She used it like a weapon; she shot a beam of trust into the dark centre of her forehead and it blinded whatever glanced that way." (p.75)

"A thousand watts of joy
I really love this Canadian author. This book is quite different from her acclaimed novel "February", but it does share with that book an entree into the rich internal life and thought processes of her characters. In this book, the reader is caught up in a cat and mouse chase between a twenty-five year old guy who has just broken out of prison and the detective who is after him. The scene is 1970s Canada and the jail-breaking protagonist is David Slaney, serving time for being caught smuggling p ...more
Bonnie Brody
'Caught' is a literary action novel filled with suspense and wonderful existential dialogue. The book definitely has philosophical leanings towards angst and fear.

David Slaney has just escaped from jail after four years of being incarcerated for smuggling two million dollars worth of pot into Canada. The year is 1978. He is determined to make it to his buddy Hearn in Vancouver to set up a second heist, hoping this time it will go right. Slaney and Hearn were turned in the first time by fishermen
David Slaney escapes from prison in Nova Scotia (where he was incarcerated for drug smuggling) and makes his way across Canada to reconnect with Brian Hearn, his childhood friend and partner-in-crime who had escaped imprisonment, to embark on another adventure to smuggle tons of marijuana by boat from Columbia. Slaney realizes the mistakes he and Hearn made and is convinced that this time will be different: “This time they would do it right. He could feel luck like an animal presence, feral and ...more
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Lisa Moore has written two collections of stories, Degrees of Nakedness and Open, as well as a novel, Alligator.

Open and Alligator were both nominated for the Giller Prize. Alligator won the Commonwealth Prize for the Canadian Caribbean Region and the ReLit Award, and Open won the Canadian Authors' Association Jubilee Prize for Short Fiction.

Lisa has also written for television, radio, magazines (
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