Gus Corral can’t rather think it whilst an outdated highschool blood brother he hasn’t obvious in years asks him for support. Artie Baca appears to be like as cool as ever; the hippest man in highschool now appears like a GQ disguise boy, Chicano type. and prefer regularly, Artie has ladies difficulties, even supposing he’s married. He’s being blackmailed as a result of an imprudent fling—caught on video, after all. Artie has a filthy rich genuine property company and will manage to pay for to repay the younger woman, 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 activity within the recession and claims to additionally paintings because the evening watchman so he can reside there too. He can rather use the money Artie is providing and has the same opinion to aid, even if he is aware Artie most likely merits the shake down.
But earlier than Gus can bring the money, Artie is lifeless and the police need to know why the deceased was once sporting a money made out to his previous highschool friend. And whilst an armed stranger breaks into the store at midnight, Gus is familiar with there’s extra to the location than meets the attention. An research into Artie’s involvement within the gentrification of Denver’s north part ends up in harrowing encounters with risky criminals, either from the realm and south of the border. unexpectedly Gus is ensnared within the robbery of 1 of the main respected spiritual symbols within the Catholic Latino global, a cloak bearing a twin of 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 awesome debut." --Los Angeles instances 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 stories at the Ballad of Rocky Ruiz
"Ramos succeeds brilliantly in marrying type and substance to shape a seamlessly wonderful novel [with] characters and scenes deeply etched with admirable brevity and skill."
—Publishers Weekly, starred assessment, on Blues for the Buffalo
MANUEL RAMOS is the recipient of a number of literary awards and the writer of various 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 college Press, 2004), and Edgar Award finalist. He lives and works in Denver, Colorado.