The Case Runner
by Carlos Cisneros
Published: March 31, 2008
In this legal thriller set on the Texas-Mexico border, a young lawyer finds himself.Look Inside
Alejandro “Alex” del Fuerte, fresh out of law school, is returning home to South Texas, ready to open his solo practice, humble as it may be. He’s got dreams of making his mark in the world and in the courtroom. But when he meets Porfirio “Pilo” Medina, who just crossed the border in search of his wife and son, Alex is suddenly dragged into a world of wrongdoings and political pay-offs rarely covered in law school.
The mystery deepens when Pilo is murdered, seemingly to cover up the truth about his wife and child’s disappearance and a conspiracy to scam insurance companies out of millions of dollars. Alex fears that his short career as an attorney—not to mention his life—will come to a sudden end, as the heavyweight players involved will stop at nothing to keep him from exposing their dirty secrets, even if it means resorting to blackmail, bribery, and even murder.
As Alex’s lofty ideals and dreams are dashed, and his own ethics and morals come into question, he must also fend off his girlfriend’s father, Lieutenant Governor Rene Yarrington, the most influential person in Texas politics. Rampant corruption and big-money politics are set against the rich backdrop of border culture, with its distinctive way of life and unique perspective. And Alex, something between saint and sinner, is an apt guide to both the light and dark sides of the region.
“There is a slightly subversive element here that gives the novel zip; it has all the same elements as a traditional legal thriller, but it’s less predictable, more ethically ambiguous…keep your eye on Cisneros.”
“Cisneros’ agility with the intricacies of the law and his familiarity with the area strengthen his prose.”
Long before he started work on his first Tex-Mex legal thriller, The Case Runner, CARLOS CISNEROS prosecuted cases with the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office. It was there that he gained trial experience by prosecuting cases ranging from DUI to drug trafficking, and even murder. After leaving the DA’s office, Cisneros opened his own law firm in 1997 where he pursued trial work and represented clients in matters involving criminal law, personal injury, and appeals.
On those rare occasions when he can get away from it all, Carlos Cisneros can be found smoking a cigar and surf fishing off Boca Chica beach, coaching his kids’ soccer team, or plotting the next novel.