The Ballad of Gato Guerrero (Latino Voices)

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Luis Montez-Denver attorney and part-time detective-has been getting his career and his life together. So how did he end up in a ditch, his car twisted and smoking nearby, a gun-wielding giant in a cowboy hat coming toward him?

The answer: his friend, Felix "Gato" Guerrero.

Trouble has always followed the larger-than-life Felix the Cat. Now it has jumped all over him. His girlfriend is the wife of a ruthless local crime lord and in spite of bullets and hit men he won't give her up. His former father-in-law blames him for a family tragedy and is bent on revenge. Worst of all, Felix is determined to remain unaware of the dangers. It's up to Montez-and not for the first time-to step in and save him.

As in his Edgar-nominated The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz, Manuel Ramos immerses readers not only in a thrilling mystery but also in the fascinating Chicano culture of the West. Fast-paced and richly textured, The Ballad of Gato Guerrero is an entertaining addition to the acclaimed Luis Montez mystery series.

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Manuel Ramos is an attorney and a part-time professor at Metropolitan State College of Denver. His debut novel, The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz (St. Martin's, 1993), was nominated for an Edgar. His other awards include the 1994 Colorado Book Award for Fiction and the 1991 Chicano/Latino Literary Award. Three of his other Luis Montez novels-The Ballad of Gato Guerrero (St. Martin's, 1994), The Last Client of Luis Montez (St. Martin's, 1996), and Blues for the Buffalo (St. Martin's, 1997)-are forthcoming in new editions from Northwestern University Press.

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In his second appearance, Denver-based Latino lawyer Luis Montez, introduced in The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz , again plunges into the past, revealed here in extensive flashbacks. Felix "Gato" Guerrero belongs to Luis's beer-drinking, wild-running teen years. Although Luis's lifestyle has been tempered by age and his painful divorce, Felix still kicks back on occasion--with booze, eight-ball, gambling and fistfights. The death of his daughter, the subsequent suicide of his wife and a harrowing stint in Vietnam has left Felix with ghosts to exorcise along with his new enemies. Felix calls on Luis to save him and Elizabeth, his sultry new love who is also the wife of Trini Anglin, a Latino mobster with a jealous heart. Also anxious to get his hands on Felix is Edwin Talmage, his onetime father-in-law, a bitter, well-connected man. Luis fights to keep Felix alive, while also trying to save the hoodlum son of another client. Luis is a remarkably upbeat soul in a world awash in domestic violence, gang and police brutality and the almost continual antagonism he faces as a Latino in a white world. His vision is unusual in crime fiction and his first-person story is informed with nearly tangible emotion. Ramos is developing a powerful, distinctive series.
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