Great News! Angels in the Wind has been selected by the Private Eye Writers of America as a finalist for the 2022 Shamus Award in the category of Best Original P.I. Paperback Novel. Winners will be announced in August. Click here to see the complete list of categories and nominees.
Manuel's short story, Northside Nocturne, is included in the collection Denver Noir, edited by Cynthia Swanson for Akashic Books. Publishers Weekly praised the story: “Another high point is Manuel Ramos's powerful Northside Nocturne, which explores gentrification and racial hostility as rising violence, vigilantism, fear, and suspicion tear through a previously tight-knit community." And the Denver Post said the story was "among the best" with a "strong sense of place ... filled with racial tension and inevitable gloom."
"More than just a detective novel, this book is a reflection on the changing landscape of the West and the redemptive power of family. The work of a storyteller at the peak of his form, the return of private investigator Gus Corral reminds me of nothing less than The Long Goodbye set in Colorado. Thrilling, heartbreaking and engrossing, Angels in the Wind is the best yet from one of the masters of the genre." David Heska Wanbli Weiden, author of Winter Counts.
“Manuel Ramos is a legend of Chicano noir and he’s done it again with Angels in the Wind. Gus Corral is on the case in Melton, Colorado, a small town with some big secrets and characters who might just remind you of a long-lost cousin. In this gripping noir, there’s sexy jazz, rolling bluffs, a missing teenager, and the weight of history at every turn. Utterly readable and atmospheric, I couldn’t put this book down.”
Kali Fajardo-Anstine, author of Sabrina & Corina and Woman of Light.
The video of the launch of Angels in the Wind (image below) can be seen on the Tattered Cover's YouTube channel. Click here.