Off The Well-Lit Path
- 2019 FINALIST AMERICAN FICTION AWARD
- 2019 WINNER NYC BIG BOOK AWARD
U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT
TRAVEL ADVISORY: SINALOA, MEXICO
"Murder, carjacking, kidnapping, extortion, and robbery are widespread. Criminal organizations are based and operating in Sinaloa state. Local law enforcement has limited capability to respond to violence. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. DO NOT TRAVEL."
Bob Rugg, an American tourist traveling in Mexico with his teenage daughter, is carjacked by a marauding band of gunmen. He is shot, left for dead, his daughter abducted. Rugg awakens in a local hospital with an amputated foot, no money, and no trace of his daughter. His search to find her sets in motion a chain of violence that blurs the line between what a man does in the name of redemption and what he does for revenge.
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"Holm beautifully combines two typically incongruent fictional genres: a gripping, action-packed novel and an emotionally astute drama. His writing is poetically austere at times, invoking the hard-boiled prose of Cormac McCarthy. And the surfeit of action the book delivers unfolds in captivating language, the violence terrifyingly real, the danger sickeningly ubiquitous ... A thrilling and moving story of love and desperation ... A memorable literary experience." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Danger, fear, and violence come shockingly to life in this searing tale of modern Mexico. From deserted desert highways to crowded city streets, mayhem is ever present as marauding gangs ply their contemptible trade. Police are either too corrupt or too powerless to stop the rampant bedlam as citizens and tourists alike become prey for criminals immersed in a culture of brutality. The environment Holm depicts asks no quarter and gives none. It is a realistically frightening world guaranteed to stay with you long after the last page has been turned." -- Joe Kilgore, US Review Recommended
"Bare bones but rhythmic in its flow ... Off The Well-Lit Path is a thriller that's focused on vengeance and the dark side of humanity ... Captivating and ultimately satisfying." -- John M. Murray, ForeWord Reviews Five-Star Review
"Off The Well-Lit Path is a spare, violent literary thriller that delivers an intense and utterly absorbing reading experience ... Holm has delivered a bruising but outstanding thriller about how far a father will go for love." -- Blue Ink Reviews Starred Review
"A tense, taut, character-driven thriller... a triumph of a book! Set against the harsh, unforgiving backdrop of a Mexican state where murder, carjacking, kidnapping, extortion, and robbery are widespread, Holm's gritty thriller narrates harrowing journey of a father who sets on to search for his daughter after a highway robbery. Left for dead, Bob Rugg is determined to get his young teenage daughter back after a group of Mexican highway carjackers abduct her in broad daylight. Holm's crisp prose brilliantly depicts Bob's simmering grief, raw anger, and utter desperation as well as young Rayo's struggles to survive in his harsh environment. The stakes run high, and the reader will long for a neat resolution. Profound in its deliberations and extremely gripping, the unsettling, dark novel will stay with the reader for long after it's finished. Fans of Cormac McCarthy should feel right at home. Absolutely brilliant!" -- Prairies Review