Desperado: A Mile High Noir by Manuel Ramos

By Manuel Ramos

Gus Corral can’t really think it whilst an previous highschool blood brother he hasn’t obvious in years asks him for aid. Artie Baca appears to be like as cool as ever; the hippest man in highschool now seems like a GQ disguise boy, Chicano variety. and prefer constantly, Artie has ladies difficulties, although he’s married. He’s being blackmailed as a result of an imprudent fling—caught on video, after all. Artie has a wealthy genuine property enterprise and will come up with the money for to repay the younger lady, yet he’ll present Gus handsomely for his assist in convincing her that there won’t be any destiny funds.

Gus’s lifestyles hasn’t been as profitable; he manages his ex-wife’s moment hand store after wasting his task within the recession and claims to additionally paintings because the evening watchman so he can stay there too. He can quite use the cash Artie is delivering and consents to assist, even if he is aware Artie most likely merits the shake down.

But sooner than Gus can bring the cash, Artie is lifeless and the police need to know why the deceased used to be sporting a cost made out to his outdated highschool buddy. And while an armed stranger breaks into the store at the hours of darkness, Gus understands there’s extra to the placement than meets the attention. An research into Artie’s involvement within the gentrification of Denver’s north aspect results in harrowing encounters with risky criminals, either from the world and south of the border. by surprise Gus is ensnared within the robbery of 1 of the main respected non secular symbols within the Catholic Latino international, a cloak bearing similar to the Virgen de Guadalupe. he is stuck among warring gangs, and shortly he and the folk he cares approximately so much are in a life-and-death predicament.

Manuel Ramos returns to novel-length crime fiction with this gripping tale that twists and turns like a curler coaster, the place the outlook is grim and there’s no honor between thieves.

Praise for the paintings of Manuel Ramos:

"A very striking debut." --Los Angeles occasions at the Ballad of Rocky Ruiz

“A thickly atmospheric first novel—with simply enough secret to carry jointly a powerfully elegiac memoir of the heady early days of Chicano activism.”—Kirkus experiences at the Ballad of Rocky Ruiz

"Ramos succeeds brilliantly in marrying variety and substance to shape a seamlessly enjoyable novel [with] characters and scenes deeply etched with admirable brevity and skill."
—Publishers Weekly, starred overview, on Blues for the Buffalo

MANUEL RAMOS is the recipient of numerous literary awards and the writer of diverse novels, together with King of the Chicanos (Wings Press, 2010), Brown-on-Brown: A Luis Montez secret (University of latest Mexico Press, 2003) and The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz (St. Martin’s Press, 1993; Northwestern collage Press, 2004), and Edgar Award finalist. He lives and works in Denver, Colorado.

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