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Caught

por Lisa Moore

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Twenty-five-year-old David Slaney, locked up on charges of marijuana possession, has escaped his cell and sprinted to the highway. There, he's picked up by his sister's friend and taken to a strip bar, where he survives his first night on the run. Evading the cops isn't his only objective; Slaney also wants to track down his old partner, Hearn, and get back into the drug business. As Slaney makes his fugitive journey across Canada, he adopts numerous guises to outpace authorities. When he finally reunites with Hearn, their scheme sends Slaney to Mexico, Colombia, and back again on an epic quest fueled by luck, charm, and unbending conviction.… (mais)
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Lisa Moore is a very good writer and this story was well told. However, I'm kind of left, in the end, with a feeling of so what. Good character study but I think I would have appreciated more introspection from some of the characters. The action was good but not as billed on the book jacket. ( )
  FurbyKirby | Jan 5, 2021 |
The central character in this book has escaped from prison and is trying to stay on the run long enough to repeat his original drug-related crime and get it right this time. How would the author make us sympathise with him, given that he's a criminal, and on the face of it recklessly stupid? Oddly enough it works, and I was on the edge of my seat as he narrowly avoided recapture again and again. The reason for his astonishing good luck is revealed a little way in (clever!) and a central unfairness about the whole case, which runs through the whole book, helps to gain the reader's sympathy too. But I thought the best thing about the book was the writing - magical and lyrical, it works at a subconscious level. Never was it more beautifully deployed than when describing the couple on the beach. Rare for me to read and understand a book with drugs in it, but in this case I managed it. Bravo! ( )
  jayne_charles | Apr 11, 2018 |
I have a different cover. (Movie Tie-In)

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 old partner, Hearn, and get back into the drug business. Along the way, Slaney’s fugitive journey across Canada rushes vibrantly to life as he visits an old flame and adopts numerous guises to outpace authorities: hitchhiker, houseguest, student, lover. When finally he reunites with Hearn just steps ahead of a detective hell-bent on making a high-profile arrest, their scheme sends Slaney to Mexico, Colombia, and back again on an epic quest fueled by luck, charm, and unbending conviction.

Moore’s most plot-driven novel to date, Caught is a thrillingly charged escapade that thrums with energy and suspense and deftly captures a moment in the late 1970s before the almost folkloric glamour surrounding pot smuggling turned violent. Ripe with bravado, love, ambition, and folly, Caught is about trust and deceit, about the risks we take for the lives we want and the mistakes we can’t outrun.

MY THOUGHTS:

I received this book in exchange for my honest review. I received the television series’ cover in paperback format, which is very different from the one shown above.

Lisa Moore has a very definitive style of writing. She is meticulous to details and maintains tension throughout her book despite what the reader has leaned. Fast-paced, great characters and plenty of action, “Caught” is sure to please with a page-turning compulsive readability.

With “Caught,” Moore is writing a crime fiction with lucid precision and a quality, that readers will have a difficult time trying to put this book down. “Caught” promises to lift Lisa Moore to a new writing level noted for intricate crime mysteries offering one hell of a thrilling ride. ( )
  JLSlipak | Mar 10, 2018 |
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 story, never connected with any character. That sounds like a poor rating, but it's a confused endorsement, I think. I liked [b:February|6486765|February|Lisa Moore|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1328027313s/6486765.jpg|6678127] better. ( )
  LDVoorberg | Dec 3, 2017 |
Roadmovie, nett ( )
  lesetraum | Jul 31, 2016 |
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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. Her cops-and-smugglers story is made beautiful through a protagonist who remains surprisingly optimistic throughout, and refuses to take small things for granted.
 
Caught is an outstanding novel, combining the complexity of the best literary fiction with the page-turning compulsive readability of a thriller. Some of the most interesting writing of our time takes place at the intersection between genre and literature, with writers trying to merge the stylistic power of the modernist tradition with more vernacular storytelling modes. Notable examples include Margaret Atwood’s various forays into science fiction, Michael Chabon’s adoption of a noir voice, Cormac McCarthy’s use of dystopian tropes. Moore’s Caught can be shelved with the other fine books in to this robust trend.
 
In Caught Lisa Moore plays knowingly with the familiar nuts and bolts of crime narratives....Moore produces a memorably oddball and alluring novel that’s simultaneously breezy, taut, funny, and insightful. She’s also crafted a sun-dappled ode to the ’70s that could have readers of a certain age grinning with nostalgic fondness at lava lamps, magic mushrooms and tube tops...The beguiling and quirky little scenes Moore sets at roadsides, a motel room, a department store, and a snack bar invoke a uniquely attractive hybrid: the enjoyable folksy humour and salty commentary of the characters in The Death of Donna Whalen, fellow Newfoundlander Michael Winter’s documentary novel, as directed by Twin Peaks-era David Lynch.

 
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Twenty-five-year-old David Slaney, locked up on charges of marijuana possession, has escaped his cell and sprinted to the highway. There, he's picked up by his sister's friend and taken to a strip bar, where he survives his first night on the run. Evading the cops isn't his only objective; Slaney also wants to track down his old partner, Hearn, and get back into the drug business. As Slaney makes his fugitive journey across Canada, he adopts numerous guises to outpace authorities. When he finally reunites with Hearn, their scheme sends Slaney to Mexico, Colombia, and back again on an epic quest fueled by luck, charm, and unbending conviction.

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