Blues for the Buffalo

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2096-9
Publication Date
June 2004
Page Count
194 pages
Trim Size
5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Blues for the Buffalo

Winner of 3rd Annual Latino Books Into Movies Award

The sun, the sand, a young beauty named Rachel in a white bikini-there's no better way to recover from the aches and pains of your latest case. At least that's what attorney and part-time detective Luis Montez thinks until the woman gives him the manuscript of her novel and vanishes.

Montez just wants to rebuild his Denver practice, but an aggressive young P.I. with an emotional attachment to Rachel draws him in. With the woman's powerful adopted family on one side and unexplained death of a writer friend on the other, Montez digs up a series of long-told lies and long-hidden ugly truths. He also finds himself confronting one of the great unsolved mysteries of recent Chicano history. What happened to Oscar "Zeta" Acosta, the iconic activist-writer presumed dead since 1974? More to the point, what made Rachel insist the legendary Brown Buffalo was alive-and that he was her real father?
About the Author
Manuel Ramos is an attorney and part-time professor at Metropolitan State College of Denver. His debut novel, The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz (Northwestern, 2004), was nominated for an Edgar. His other awards include the 1994 Colorado Book Award for Fiction and the 1991 Chicano/Latino Literary Award. Two of his other Montez novels-The Last Client of Luis Montez (2004) and The Ballad of Gato Guerrero (2004)-are also published by Northwestern University Press. Brown-on-Brown (New Mexico, 2003) is the latest novel in the Luis Montez series. Ramos lives in Denver, Colorado.
"My favorite attorney, Luis Montez, is introspective and sensitive, and he's also a macho in the best sense. I couldn't put down this superbly written mystery. Thumbs up for Ramos."
--Rudolfo Anaya, author of Alburquerque
"Wonderful smells, sounds, and flavors permeate the pages of this fourth outing for bedraggled lawyer Luis Montez.... Ramos succeeds brilliantly in marrying style and substance to form a seamlessly entertaining novel [with] characters and scenes deeply etched with admirable brevity and skill."--Publishers Weekly, starred review