The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz: A Luis Montez Mystery


This powerful series opener and Edgar Award finalist introduces a Chicano attorney while evoking the Hispanic Civil Rights Movement.

by Manuel Ramos

ISBN: 978-1-55885985-2
Publication Date: September 30, 2023
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 172


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Luis Montez is nursing a drink and licking his wounds in the Dark Knight Lounge after a bruising case. The jury took less than an hour to decide his efforts defending a client were worthless. He’s on the verge of a mid-life crisis and ready to give up his law business. But the night brightens when an old friend from the Chicano student civil rights movement turns up with a beautiful woman on his arm. Teresa Fuentes, a new attorney about to start at a prestigious Denver firm, is much younger, but that doesn’t keep Luis’ imagination from running wild.

As the weary attorney dreams about the mysterious woman and deals with his faltering law firm and an ethics investigation, he’s shocked to learn another friend from the activist days is getting threats about “the old business,” the murder of their friend Rocky Ruiz twenty years ago by men in white robes. And when compadres get beaten up, murdered or go into hiding, Luis can’t ignore that history may be repeating itself. Are the crazy racists back to finish what they started so long ago? Is it just bad luck that Teresa’s arrival in town coincides with the violence? Or is there a deeper connection?

Originally published in 1993 by St. Martin’s Press and reissued by Northwestern University Press in 2004, this gripping first installment in the Luis Montez Mystery series introduces readers to the Denver attorney and activist who appears in four subsequent novels.