Manuel Ramos is a retired lawyer and the author of 10 published novels and one short story collection. For his professional and community service, he has received the Colorado Bar Association’s Jacob V. Schaetzel Award, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association’s Chris Miranda Award, the Spirit of Tlatelolco Award and others. His fiction has garnered the Colorado Book Award, the Chicano/Latino Literary Award, the Top Hand Award from the Colorado Authors League, and three Honorable Mentions from the Latino International Book Awards.
His first novel, "The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz," was a finalist for the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America and won the Colorado Book Award in the fiction category. His published works include "Desperado: A Mile High Noir," winner of the 2014 Colorado Book Award in the mystery category, several short stories, poems, non-fiction articles and a handbook on Colorado landlord-tenant law, now in an eighth edition. He is a co-founder of and regular contributor to La Bloga, an award-winning Internet magazine devoted to Latino literature, culture, news and opinion. "The Skull of Pancho Villa and Other Stories" was published in 2015. "My Bad: A Mile High Noir" was published in September 2016. His most recent work is "The Golden Havana Night: A Sherlock Homie Mystery."