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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, February 2014: At the risk of annoying those who hate literary mashups, I’m declaring Caught to be “Huck Finn meets Les Miserables.” As those are two of my formative reading experiences, that’s no small statement. And this is no small book. On page one, the likeably misguided Daniel Slaney has just escaped a Canadian prison, where he’d been held on pot-running charges. Through the story of Slaney’s struggle to remain free, we soon learn that he’s already, in many ways, caught. Caught in a manipulative relationship with his childhood friend Hearn; caught in his doomed love for the women he left behind, and the child who’s not his. Other characters are similarly caged by circumstance, particularly the wounded, dogged detective Patterson, who pursues Slaney across Canada, to Columbia and Mexico, all the while admiring, even envying Slaney’s bravado attempt at freedom. They know each other, the hunter and his prey. They’re both caught in the lives they’ve chosen. Toward the end of this subtly brilliant and propulsive novel, Slaney is asked whether it’s best to just do the things he’s blamed for. Slaney’s reply: “I did them from the start.” There’s so much energy, wit, smarts and heart in Moore’s writing, though nothing feels forced or contrived. I enjoyed so many small, crystalline moments--sometimes tense, sometimes heart-rending--that made me sit back and think, “Wow.” (Flipping through my review copy, I see “Nice!” scribbled in the margins a dozen times.) Already an award-winner in Canada, Caught is captivating. --Neal Thompson

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Time spent in prison has done nothing to quell David Slaney’s desire to deal drugs. So when he breaks out of the slammer, the 25-year-old’s number-one goal is not to revel in his newfound freedom but rather to track down his old business partner, Hearn, and get back in the marijuana game. It’s not as easy as he had thought. His manic journey across Canada forces him to adopt numerous guises to avoid getting caught. Alas, there is at least one person he wishes he could “catch”: his ex-lover Jennifer, who knew his shady history better than anyone else and loved him all the same. The dream of a thriving pot business sends Slaney sailing to Mexico and Colombia, where there’s no shortage of rough seas. Will his ambition and hubris bring him riches or bring him down? Moore (February, 2010) steadily amps up the suspense in a cat-and-mouse chase between Slaney and Hearn and a vigilant detective; her breathless plot loses a little momentum at the end, but this is still an entertaining thriller with an engaging cast. --Allison Block
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; 1 edition (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802122124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802122124
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #822,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful By B. Case TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 10, 2014
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“Caught,” by Lisa Moore, is a stunning novel of piercing psychological depth and realism. It literally took my breath away. This is the first novel I’ve read by Moore, but I can easily see why she won the 2013 Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award, one of Canada’s major literary honors. In conferring that prize on the whole of Moore’s literary work, the jury noted that she was “a writer of startling originality and compelling emotional truth.” In my opinion, that short phrase aptly and succinctly captures this author’s exceptional literary gift.

“Caught” is an insightful novel constructed around the theme of trust, truth, and deception. All the main and secondary characters are regular, everyday type of people portrayed with stark emotional honesty and authenticity; the world they inhabit is one of enigmatic moral ambiguities. We recognize that world as our own and it startles us because we begin to see how dangerous and unpredictable it can be. Anything can happen. Trust is fickle. Control is fiction. Fate is something we eventually must accept…and not let it turn us bitter or make us feel entitled.

The publisher’s blurb on the back of the novel is trying to market this book as some kind of a literary prison-break suspense thriller. All that’s true, but it is not necessarily encouraging the right audience. Sure, the novel is compelling with a pace that pushes the reader through the pages eager to find out what’s going to happen to the likable main character. Sure, the main character is very young, perceptive, crafty, and likable—a modern-day Billy the Kid—but what drives this book is not the action, but the inner motivations behind those actions. It’s not a genre suspense thriller; it’s a profound literary psychological drama….
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Hulse on February 5, 2014
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The style of writing is really good. The story? Not so much. It's just an obvious slow moving train on it's way to a wreck. There are no surprises. Perhaps that's the most disappointing surprise of all is that it's just so obvious . Everything you think is going to happen is going to happen. There's no great resolution or salvation at the end. I prefer a story with some twists and unexpected events. A story that draws me in emotionally or intellectually or both. I do admire the style of writing. I just wish it was connected to a more satisfying story.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Alan A. Elsner VINE VOICE on January 13, 2014
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We meet David Slaney, the protagonist of this novel, on the day he breaks out of a Canadian prison where he has served four years for a drug smuggling scheme that went wrong. His accomplice and childhood buddy, Hearn, had gotten bail and taken off. Slaney took the fall. Now David is determined to trek across Canada, rejoin his friend, go down to Colombia and try to smuggle in the drugs once more to make his fortune.

We also meet Patterson, the policeman whose career depends on catching Slaney. We learn that he is the sole custodian of his handicapped half-brother. He needs the promotion to keep his sibling in the facility where he is cared for.

As Slaney hitches rides, takes refuge in cafes and broken-down hotels, visits an ex-lover and thinks about his past and future, he emerges as an intelligent and sympathetic character. He's kind and he's well-intentioned and he thinks he has it all under control. But as we learn, Slaney is the ultimate sucker and victim. He's playing with forces greater than himself and what he believes is his freedom to determine his own fate is nothing but an illusion. Slaney's friendship with Hearn is a fake, we discover; he's also no good as a lover because he can't commit to taking care of his partner and her daughter, even though he loves them. The place in his brain where both morality and good sense should reside is not there. Or Slaney is just not interested in a boring, conventional life and is willing to risk everything for something more.

This is a well-written book that kept me thoroughly engaged. The dialogue is pared down but realistic and the characters spring to life. Slaney's quest is really the attempt of a young man to break out of the path preordained for him. By braving everything he goes through, he's gambling his life for a big payoff -- and the meaning of that payoff is freedom.
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41 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Elise M A Levesque on January 28, 2014
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The prose is good, even excellent at times. A great effort has been made to construct interesting sentences and to provide beautiful and lyrical descriptions. However, the story does not live up to the prose - and I would not recommend this book.

I persevered with it because I read it as a member of a book club but some of the other members gave up and others did not read it all and I didn't encourage them to either.

Overall, I would characterize this book as being very shallow, and the characters particularly so.

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'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 in Newfoundland who they never suspected of being a threat to them. This time, Slaney views everyone as a threat. Hearn didn't go to jail because he skipped bail and was never caught. He is now working on a PhD. in literature.

As David makes his way towards Hearn, a Canadian police sergeant named Patterson is after him and has infiltrated Hearn's ranks. He is one step behind Slaney all the way to Colombia where Slaney is to pick up his stash of pot and then sail to Canada. The novel gives the reader a great description of Patterson and his life. He has a teen-aged daughter who has run away and disappeared. He once had an affair with his dead father's mistress who had a son with his father. This son, Alphonse, is a Down Syndrome child who Patterson supports in a group home. Without a promotion, he can no longer afford to pay for Alphonse's care and so it is of utmost importance to him that he catch Hearn and Staley and get his promotion.

The characters come alive on the pages. Hearn and Slaney have a blind love for one another, having known each other since early childhood. Slaney worries about Hearn's set-up of this second heist but he doesn't bail. Despite his gut, he goes along with the plans. It is cat and mouse until the end.
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