(4 customer reviews)


Retch Barter waits on a waterless ranch for a driller to sink his well. Come to Mexico in bad company and running from a sordid past, Retch lives with Dolores Anguamea, a dark-skinned woman whose history is as scarred as her pockmarked face. While Retch stakes his future on the arrival of the driller, Dolores waits for a chance to quit the godforsaken ranch.

Reader discretion advised.

—A taut, literary descent into the world of dirt, death, and drilling.

SKU: 978-0-9796199-8-4 Category: Tag:

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Paperback, eBook (ePub)


978-0-9796199-8-4 (Paperback), 978-0-9796199-7-7 (ePub)

Trim Size

5.25" x 8"




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Behind the Story

4 reviews for Driller

  1. Claire Foster of ForeWord Reviews

    “A breathless, fast-paced novel of obsession, greed, and deeply buried secrets, Driller is an intense, fulfilling read that pushes extremes of language and landscape.”

  2. Michael Radon of US Review of Books

    “Set almost entirely in some of the remotest parts of Mexico, this pseudo-Western thriller plays out in one suspenseful reveal after the other. Written in a clipped, confident manner that is reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy, this story is engrossing and difficult to put down.”

  3. Midwest Book Review

    A riveting read from beginning to end, Driller clearly demonstrates M. S. Holm’s truly exceptional storytelling talents.”

  4. Kirkus Reviews

    “Remarkable for its linguistic acrobatics and hardscrabble charisma.”

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