MANUEL RAMOS, an attorney who also has taught Chicano literature courses at Metropolitan State College of Denver, is the author of several crime fiction novels. He was born in Florence, Colorado. One of his grandfathers was a coal miner and the other a veteran of the Pancho Villa’s army. His father, a construction worker, and his mother raised Manuel to appreciate education. He graduated from Colorado State University with honors in 1970, and received his law degree from the University of Colorado in 1973.
After a few years in private practice, Ramos accepted a staff attorney position with the Denver legal aid program, and the bulk of his legal career has consisted of providing legal assistance to the indigent. Today, he is the Director of Advocacy for Colorado Legal Services, the statewide legal aid program.
He is the author of numerous crime fiction novels, including Desperado: A Mile High Noir (2013), which launched a new protagonist, Gus Corral, a long-time resident of North Denver who is down on his luck. Gus finds himself caught between warring gangs when a religious symbol revered in the Catholic Latino world is stolen, and he and the people he cares about most must fight for their lives. A collection of short stories, The Skull of Pancho Villa and Other Stories, was published on March 31, 2015. His latest novel, My Bad: A Mile High Noir is a follow-up to Desperado and was released September 30, 2016.
Ramos’ other crime fiction novels, include The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz (1993), Blues for the Buffalo (1993), The Ballad of Gato Guerrero (1994), The Last Client of Luis Móntez (1996), Moony’s Road to Hell (2002), and Brown-On-Brown (2003). Most of these novels feature Ramos’s popular Chicano detective, Luis Móntez, and several have garnered critical and popular recognition such as the Colorado Book Award and the Chicano/Latino Literary Award (University of California at Irvine), as well as an Edgar nomination from the Mystery Writers of America.
He is co-founder of and regular contributor to La Bloga (www.labloga.blogspot.com), an award-winning Internet magazine devoted to Latino literature, culture, news, and opinion.