Manuel Ramos is a lawyer, former professor of Chicano Literature and a recipient of the Colorado Book Award and the Chicano/Latino Literary Award. He’s the author of seven novels, five of which feature Denver lawyer Luis Móntez. The Móntez series debuted with The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz (1993), a finalist for the Edgar award from the Mystery Writers of America. His published works include the noir private eye novel, Moony’s Road to Hell (2002), several short stories, poems, non-fiction articles and a handbook. He is a co-founder of and weekly contributor to La Bloga.