Book List in Order: 12 titles


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    Felon turned private eye Gus Corral isn't doing too well after getting whacked in the head with a baseball bat following his last big case. He was unconscious for a couple of days and still can't see right. Plagued by headaches, there are days he can...



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    Ex-con Gus Corral is at peace with his new life as a private investigator. He's good at his job, even if he's mostly a delivery man or a go-for guy trying to expose or protect someone else's secrets.An unexpected visit by Joaquín Kino Machaco, the C...



  • Ex-con Gus Corral is fresh out of jail and intent on keeping his nose clean. He's living in his sister's basement, which he shares with a cat or two, Corrine's CDs and their father's record collection. The blues music in particular strikes a chord, m...



  • Legend has it that Pancho Villa s grave was robbed and his head stolen in 1926. A gringo is credited with the theft, but Gus Corral s great-grandfather was there too. As often happens to Chicanos, his role was given short shrift. But the Corral famil...



  • Gus Corral can't quite believe it when an old high school buddy he hasn't seen in years asks him for help. Artie Baca looks as cool as ever; the hippest guy in high school now looks like a GQ cover boy, Chicano style. And like always, Artie has women...



  • Both heroic and tragic, this novel captures the spirit, energy, and imagination of the 1960s' Chicano movement—a massive and intense struggle across a broad spectrum of political and cultural issues—through the passionate story of the King of the C...



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    Brown-On-Brown marks the return of Manuel Ramos's character, Luis M?ntez. A Denver defense attorney who is always just one step ahead of his creditors and not too particular about the cases he takes on, M?ntez's next client is Dominic Santos. Santos ...



  • It all starts with the murder of INS agent Kiko Vigil, shot by an unknown gunman in a Larimer Street bar in Denver where he was drinking with the wife of Elias Garza, a major smuggler of illegal immigrants. Private investigator Danny Mora, known to h...



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    When Conrad Valdez is hired to locate the missing Rachel Espinoza he opens the investigation with a visit to one of the last people the missing girl spoke to--Denver attorney Luis Montez--only to find that Rachel's novel-in-progress has been stolen f...







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    Celebrating the successful acquittal of his latest client, Chicano lawyer and former activist Luis Montez is stunned when the client is killed the following day, an event that results in Luis's own arrest for murder....



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    Pursuing a major case against the Denver Police Department, attorney Luis Montez attempts to help a friend and is caught between a pair of lovers on the run and a local crime lord with a nasty temper. Reprint....



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    Nearing the end of his rope, middle-aged attorney Luis Montez, a former Chicano activist, encounters a beautiful Latina lawyer from his past and is reminded of the murder of his friend, the head of the Chicano student movement. Reprint....


Complete Series List in Order

A Luis Montez Mystery

1) The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz (Jul-1993)
2) The Ballad of Gato Guerrero (May-1994)
3) The Last Client of Luis Montez (Mar-1996)
4) Blues for the Buffalo (May-1997)
5) Brown-On-Brown (Sep-2003)

Award-Winning Books by Manuel Ramos

Desperado
2014 Colorado Book Award -- Mystery