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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Grove Press, 2013
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780802122124
Characteristics: 318 pages ; 22 cm


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Jul 01, 2017

Disappointing. The descriptions of places and moments are very well written but the characters are flat. David Slaney, the main character, never felt familiar. I didn't feel anything for any of the characters. I'm surprised this ranked on Canada Reads. The title gives away the end. You know from the beginning what will happen, there's no suspense.

Jan 30, 2017

Newfoundland doesn't often bring to mind stories of criminal activity or elaborate police pursuit. This is proof there is no single definition of #CanLit. Leave expectations behind as the jailbreak turns to manhunt and int'l drug smuggling.

Dec 06, 2015

It's a world I know nothing about and therefore cannot relate to. Lots of drugs, crime, lost souls, sex, - a foreign world to all but young, pot-smoking, criminals.

Apr 08, 2015

I really felt sorry for Slaney. He loves being on the water sailing where the wind takes him, but his life is not his own. He goes to prison for drug smuggling after he and his friend Hearn are caught landing in Newfoundland. Two and a half years later he escapes, and through the help of Hearn (who escaped jailtime on a technicality) makes his way to Vancouver where he embarks on another drug smuggling deal. This poor guy is 'caught' in many ways but doesn't seem to be able to see it or to break free from it. He is basically a decent guy who has a bond with Hearn that rules any better judgment he might have. The writing is good with flashes of inspired description. Mainly it is spare writing getting in to Slaney's head and revealing his thoughts and fears. There is a good flow so it is quite easy to read.

Nov 18, 2014

While lauded by reviewers and shortlisted for 2013 Giller, this was a very disappointing book. Touted as a literary suspense novel, it is neither literary or all that suspenseful. What makes literary fiction literary is strong, well-defined characters; Moore’s characters are colourless and vague. The prose style, praised as poetic, comes off as flat and monotone. There are several time gaps in the storyline that only serve to emphasize the implausibility of the plot. Overall, a weak and flawed novel.

Diell May 13, 2014

didn't quite get there, really kind of blah. Not a bad story line, maybe she wasn't invested. Characters weren't very well developed. Her writing style and the plot don't mesh. Some lovely writing but needs more gut. Will make a better movie.

kayafraser Apr 07, 2014

A good, engaging story--suspenseful and evocative. Some passages are a tad overwritten; the poeticism occasionally gets a little carried away and I wanted an editor to have used a sharper scalpel. But Moore is at her best describing the weirdness of parties and other social gatherings, with their complex, invisible filaments of relationship and communication, and that comes through several times. She has a knack for choosing when to unleash a wonderfully bizarre detail in the midst of humdrum realism. Built around these images, there are sections of this novel that feel like embedded short stories, brilliant and startling. (Not altogether surprising: Moore's short stories are excellent.) The central relationship, between the protagonist and his friend and accomplice, is fascinating, and remains a source of mystery at the end of the story. The ending felt somewhat rushed to me, but overall the pacing was not bad. Nice to see Moore try out a very different type of story with _Caught_. I look forward to what she has in store next.

Nov 30, 2013

Light. Moore's style in writing a "thriller" is less successful than in her other work.

smc01 Nov 18, 2013

This story is unlike the ones I usually read, but I enjoyed it a lot. The suspense kept me reading as I really cared about the main character, David Slaney. Moore manages to evoke sympathy for a young man just out of prison, who becomes involved in crime again. Moore artfully recreates the 1970s. The plot is so different from February, but the author continues her talent for dialogue, place and character development.

bruvyp Nov 04, 2013

I'm at page 75 and wondering if this is going to go anywhere. The writing style is flat with the dialogue undistinguished by quotes, as if the reader is not being invited to become involved in the story. I expect a series of similar encounters where the fugitive is incredibly and unbelievably lucky because the strangers he meets are so accommodating for no apparent reason.

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Sep 28, 2013

The best stories, he thought, we've known the end from the beginning.

Sep 28, 2013

Ada was reading murder mysteries and Hemingway and she had a Fitzgerald and a really good Dashiell Hammett, she said, and when she was done she tossed them over the side.


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