Shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Selected as an Amazon.ca 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 the novels Caught, February, and Alligator. Caught was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize and is now a major CBC television series starring Allan Hawco. 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 Scotia Bank Giller Prize, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada and the Caribbean region), and was a national bestseller. Her story collection Open was a finalist for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize and a national bestseller. Her most recent work is a collection of short stories called Something for Everyone. Lisa lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
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
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