Manuel Ramos

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Manuel Ramos
Manuel Ramos 2015.jpg
Ramos at the 2015 Texas Book Festival
Born Florence, Colorado
Occupation Writer

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.


Manuel Ramos, a retired attorney and Colorado native, is the author of nine novels and a short story collection. His fiction is often categorized as Chicano Noir, and his last two crime fiction novels are part of his Mile High Noir series. Manuel has received the Colorado Book Award (twice), the Chicano/Latino Literary Award, the Top Hand Award from the Colorado Authors League, and Honorable Mentions from the Latino International Book Awards. His first novel, The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz, was a finalist for the Edgar® award. He is a co-founder of and regular contributor to the award-winning Internet magazine La Bloga (, which deals with Latino literature, culture, news and opinion. His collection of short stories, The Skull of Pancho Villa and Other Stories, was a finalist for the 2016 Colorado Book Award. My Bad: A Mile High Noir was published by Arte Público Press in 2016.


  • 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)[1]
  • Desperado: A Mile High Noir (2013)
  • The Skull of Pancho Villa and Other Stores (2015)
  • My Bad: A Mile High Noir (2016)


  1. ^ 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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