About Ricardo D. Palacios
Chon: The Story of a WWII Japanese Spy Who Became a South Texas Vaquero
Ricardo D. Palacios passed away in December 2018 after a heart attack.
He was born and raised in Laredo where he attended and graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy, an all-boys Catholic school run by the Marist Brothers. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&I University in Kingsville in 1966 and a law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio in 1970 and has practiced law in south Texas ever since.
In 2007, Texas A&M University Press published his first book Tio Cowboy, a biography of his uncle Juan Light Salinas who was a rodeo roper who traveled the United States making as many rodeos as possible from 1936 to 1946, each year competing in the finals rodeo at Madison Square Garden in New York City. His second book Green Street Kid (Archway Publishing, 2013) is an autobiography, as he liked to say, “it’s everything you wanted to know about me, and everything you did not want to know about me.”
Chon was his first novel. Prior to his death, MCM Books had agreed to publish his second novel about South Texas, entitled Judgement Reversed.