Desperado: A Mile High
Featuring Gus Corral
from the short story The Skull of Pancho Villa, originally
published in Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery (Arte
Público Press, 2009), this return to book-length crime fiction has been
called "brilliant and gripping" by bestselling mystery writer Diane Mott
Davidson; a "searing ride" by noted poet and novelist Tim Z. Hernandez;
and an "up-to-the-minute portrait of the New America" by the award-winning
novelist Michael Nava.
Brown-On-Brown - Luis Móntez returns in this story set against the Great Sand Dunes of
Colorado and a hundred years water war. Along the way, Luis meets Alicia,
the bartender with the heart of gold, and her own secret past. And then
there's Emilio, a vicious hired killer with a warped sense of humor. Just
another few days in the life of the lawyer Publisher's Weekly said had
"hangdog charisma." Click
here for more information about
Moony's Road to Hell -
Private eye noir. The
"Manuel Ramos has skillfully built a theme
of dramatic and disturbing betrayals. ... [The book] offers non-Hispanic
readers insights into a world they may never have experienced. His
characters are richly drawn with an outward appearance of being successful
high achievers, but underneath they are deeply flawed. The plot is engaging,
a page-turner ... Ramos has offered us a skillfully crafted tale, with a
strong dose of pathos relieved by tender memories of the relationship
between two compas, Chacho and Moony." Click here for more Moony reviews and information.
The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz
- "[O]ffers no shop worn
sentimentality. It is a tale about past sins, and how Móntez must wrestle
with his part in all that to see clearly in the present. It is a mystery of
the human condition, and our need to heal old wounds. We, like Móntez, learn
over again that cynicism and regret plague our psyches. But to totally give
in is to give up, and that's not the answer either when the smoke clears.
Always forward, Rocky would say, ese, because it ain't no big thing." From
the Preface by Gary Phillips.
The Ballad of Gato
Guerrero - "But the next time
I'm down in Guadalajara I'll make it a point to tell them that a Chicano up
in Denver has embraced a traditional genre and transformed it into a
separate and distinct voice, and has done it with virtuosity. Manuel Ramos
has grabbed the baton and is running with it. The transformation is more
than positive. Once in a while, that's the way things happen up here in El
Norte." From the Preface by Alfredo Véa, Jr.
The Last Client of Luis
Móntez- "The road not taken,
the danger evaded, the easy, agreeable, decorous life--these are not for
Luis, or for his readers. If this is your first introduction to the work of
Manuel Ramos, you are in for a wonderful ride. Hang on tight." From the
Preface by Marianne Wesson.
Blues for the Buffalo
- "For beneath the malls and the
parking lots rimmed with mock orange trees, beneath the subdivisions and
golf courses of the American Southwest, there is an arid desert waiting to
reemerge. This desert has its own stories and its own people who once knew
how to live upon it. They live there still, and in Manuel Ramos they have
found a crime writer who knows the territory and can navigate through it at
top speed with conviction, wit, and even some of the wild energy of the
Brown Buffalo himself." From the Preface by John Straley.