Off The Well-Lit Path

(8 customer reviews)


Carjacked in Mexico by highway gunmen, an American tourist is shot and left for dead, his teenage daughter abducted. He awakens in a local hospital with one foot, no money or identification, 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.

“A thrilling and moving story of love and desperation” — Kirkus Reviews

SKU: 978-0-9974553-8-0 Category: Tag:

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978-0-9974553-8-0 (Paperback), 978-0-9974553-7-3 (ePub)

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Travel Warning

U. S. State Department

Travel Advisory LEVEL 4:
Sinaloa, Mexico


Murder, carjacking, extortion, and robbery are widespread. Criminal organizations operate in Sinaloa state. Local law enforcement has limited capability to respond to violence. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services. U.S. citizens who travel should have a contingency plan for emergency situations. 

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Mexico City

Paseo de la Reforma 305
Colonia Cuauhtemoc
Mexico, D.F., Mexico C.P. 06500

  • Telephone: 011-52-55-5080-2000
  • Emergency American Citizen Services:  01 800 681 9374 (toll free)
  • Fax: 011-52-55-5080-2201
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Web site: U.S. Embassy Mexico City

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Behind the Story

8 reviews for Off The Well-Lit Path

  1. Kirkus Reviews

    “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.”

  2. Joe Kilgore / US Review of Books

    “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.”

  3. John M. Murray / ForeWord Reviews

    “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.”

  4. Blue Ink Reviews

    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.”

  5. Melissa Betar

    At no point in my life did I think I would enjoy a book about human trafficking, Mexican gangs, and an act of revenge, but here I am raving about this book.

    M. S. Holm took me on a wild adventure through the eyes of two very different men: Bob Rugg – a father who will risk everything to save his daughter, and Speedy – a young man who works for the Mexican gang that abducted Rugg’s daughter. With alternating points of view, the reader is taken on a roller coaster ride full of emotions, praying for the return of Rugg’s daughter, and rooting for the safety of Speedy.

    Thank you, M. S. Holm, for taking me on a trip OFF THE WELL-LIT PATH. I don’t think I’ll be visiting Mexico for a long time.

  6. Kelly Watley / NetGalley

    Such a great read to get immersed in … Great detail and engaging characters.

  7. Wanda Maynard — Goodreads

    Amazingly suspenseful read with a strong beginning, which helps this story to take off like a shot.

  8. Margaret Wilkins / NetGalley

    A fascinating tale, well written. Having traveled to Mexico numerous times, I was able to look at the story from a different angle.

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