Manuel Ramos

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For the Mexican boxer, see Manuel Ramos (boxer).

Manuel Ramos, an attorney who also has taught Chicano literature courses at Metropolitan State University of Denver, is the author of several crime fiction novels. These novels 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 for The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz (1994).[1]


Born in Florence, Colorado, his grandfathers included a coal miner and a veteran of Pancho Villa’s army. His father, a construction worker, and his mother raised Ramos to appreciate education; accordingly, Ramos eventually graduated from Colorado State University, with honor, 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.

Manuel Ramos was also involved in the controversial and brutal murder of Kelly Thomas, an unarmed mentally ill homeless man.


  • Luis Montez
  • The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz (1993)
  • The Ballad of Gato Guerrero (1994)
  • The Last Client of Luis Montez (1996)
  • Blues for the Buffalo (1997)
  • Moony's Road to Hell (2002)
  • Brown-On-Brown (2003)
  • King of the Chicanos (2010)[2]


  1. ^ "The Edgar Awards Database: Ramos". The Edgar Awards. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Shank, Jenny (May 30, 2010). "'King of the Chicanos' by Manuel Ramos: Southwestern U.S. history prominent in novel". Boulder Daily Camera. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 

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