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The Giant Killer

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Ramon Garcia, a Chicano reporter in Los Angeles during the 1970's, is tossed into a political conspiracy while covering boxing events for the world acclaimed and soon to be champion, Bucky Thompson. As he digs deeper into this mystery, danger follows his every step.

In "The Giant Killer," written in a completely different genre than Vasquez's "Chicano," Ramon (Ray) also finds himself falling for the love of his life, Sidney, with whom he must ...
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Overview

Ramon Garcia, a Chicano reporter in Los Angeles during the 1970's, is tossed into a political conspiracy while covering boxing events for the world acclaimed and soon to be champion, Bucky Thompson. As he digs deeper into this mystery, danger follows his every step.

In "The Giant Killer," written in a completely different genre than Vasquez's "Chicano," Ramon (Ray) also finds himself falling for the love of his life, Sidney, with whom he must grow into the man he was meant to be. Funny yet stunningly real, Ray, our Giant Killer brings us into a world of exceptionally real characters, with whom we can laugh and cry, as we get to know them. We venture with him as he struggles to know who he really is.


Acclaim for Richard Vasquez:

"Finally - an authentic and exciting Mexican American character. More importantly, Richard Vasquez portrays him with truth. I hope to meet RAMON GARCIA again and again."
- RICARDO MONTALBAN

"In RAMON GARCIA, novelist Richard Vasquez has created a fascinating, bigger-than-life Chicano hero. While Garcia is a hard-hitting, skilled reporter, he is at once tough, sensitive, and humorous. He made me laugh and cry..."
- Frank Sifuentes, Latin American Perspective Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780532171737
  • Publisher: Manor Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/1978
  • Pages: 207

Meet the Author

Richard Vasquez held a number of positions in the journalism field. During this period he also wrote Chicano (1970, Doubleday, in English, Spanish and German. Re-released in 2005 by HarperCollins as a classic in Latino Literature in English and Spanish). Chicano brought Vasquez international acclaim as both an author and a lecturer on Mexican-American history. Also in 1970 Vasquez joined the staff of the Los Angeles Times as a feature writer, replacing acclaimed journalist Ruben Salazar, who was killed by police on August 29, 1970 during the Chicano Moratorium.

Vasquez continued to write for the Los Angeles Times and writing. In 1978 The Giant Killer (Manor Books) was published, followed by Another Land (Avon) in 1980.

Not widely known is that during this time his wife Lucy, was ill, battling a rare heart disease. For the next three years Vasquez spent most of his time caring for her, both in and out of countless hospital stays. After her death in 1983 Vasquez’s battle with alcoholism worsened, and although he wrote sporadically, his last novel laid half finished at the time of his death in 1990. Please visit the author’s site at: www.richardvasquezonline.com.
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