The Last Client of Luis Montez
Author: Manuel Ramos
Published: June 15, 2004 by Northwestern University Press
Series Name: Latino Voices
Main Character: Luis Móntez, Lisa Esch, Jesus Móntez
Hard-luck attorney Luis Móntez has hit the big-time at last. He's successfully defended Jimmy Esch, the good-for-nothing son of a powerful Denver family. No small bonus, Jimmy's attractive sister Lisa is, as the saying goes, appreciative. It's enough to make a man quit moping about a lost love. What a difference a day makes. Inside of twenty-four hours, a cop rumored to have received bribes from Móntez takes a header off a mountain, Jimmy Esch is found butchered, and the cops consider the attorney their top suspect. Lisa -- Móntez's alibi -- has conveniently disappeared. As if all that wasn't enough, Móntez must also cope with the news his father is in the hospital. Distracted by family strife and a media circus, Móntez broods on the latest wrong turns in his life. Then he decides to act. Jumping bail, he heads across the Rockies to the barrios of San Diego. It's not easy to unravel the perfect set-up when you're down to your last cent. But Móntez pursues the truths that will clear his name, and ultimately confronts the powerful force that is Family. Originally published by St. Martin's Press, the Northwestern University Press edition includes a foreword by Marianne Wesson and an introduction by Ilan Stavans.