Friday's Forgotten Book: Moony's Road to Hell
The Moony of the title is a private eye - Danny Mora. It turns out an INS agent is murdered. There's a chance he was dirty. There's a chance he was in love with a crime boss's wife. There's a chance he earned his bullet. And there's a chance that there's a much larger story of corruption and cover-up at play here.
For myself as a reader, all that matters very little. For me, what matters is the silk of the prose and the fact that every character, even ones that are on the fringes of the story or just passing, they're all drawn masterfully, humanly. They become real. And it's a short book. Not War and Peace where there are pages that can be used to draw a character. Ramos is a fine artist. You feel for the people on the page and when truly terrible things happen, they happen to you as much as to any of the people you meet. And the ending will leave you cold - chilled.
Now, getting hold of this book is not always easy. Amazon doesn't always have it in stock. Still, they're not that hard to come by and the effort will be repaid, believe me.
I gave one away last year. You should have been there. If you ask nicely, I have a different Manuel Ramos book to give away. Ballad of Gato Guerrero. Another miniature masterpiece. As are all of his books:
Brown on Brown
The Last Client of Luis Montez
The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz
The Ballad of Gato Guerrero
Blues for the Buffalo
and of course...
Moony's Road to Hell