Chicano/Chicana and Mystery

Brown-on-Brown: A Luis Montez Mystery

Manuel Ramos

Brown-On-Brown marks the return of Manuel Ramos's character, Luis Móntez. A Denver defense attorney who is always just one step ahead of his creditors and not too particular about the cases he takes on, Móntez's next client is Dominic Santos. Santos has been charged with torching the property of a powerful Anglo San Luis Valley rancher and causing the death of a hired hand.

The backdrop of Brown-On-Brown is the ever-present Chicano/Anglo disputes over water rights in Colorado's San Luis Valley. Ramos effectively provides the Chicano perspective on water and land disputes while guiding the reader through a maze of multiple murders.

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Manuel Ramos is an attorney in Denver and the author of four previous novels. Director of Advocacy for Colorado Legal Services, he also teaches in the Chicano Studies Department at Metropolitan State College, Denver.


"Read [Ramos] for his insider's look at the lives of Colorado Hispanics."


Rocky Mountain News

"Brown-on-Brown [is] a riveting story blending social issues and mystery."


The Midwest Book Review

"The author offers a gritty, genuine view of the working-class Southwest."


The Santa Fe New Mexican

"Luis Montez is back--let the rejoicing begin! . . Brown-on-Brown is certainly a welcome addition to Ramos' bibliography as Chicano lawyer and mature activist Luis Montez ages less than gracefully but fights on."


Colorado Libraries

"Ramos lays on the traditional hard-boiled angst as well as anybody, but [Luis Móntez] also knows how to get the job done well, as does Ramos."


Washington Post

"Ramos' ear for speech, English and Spanish, and his understanding of human relations make Brown-on-Brown a generally fast, pleasureable read."


Albuquerque Journal

"Ramos succeeds brilliantly in marrying style and substance."


Publishers Weekly

5 x 8 in. 192 pages