Long before he started work on his first Tex-Mex legal thriller, The Case Runner, Carlos Cisneros prosecuted cases with the Cameron County District Attorneys’ Office. It was there that he gained trial experience by prosecuting cases ranging from drug trafficking all the way to 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.
Born on September 18, 1963 in Brownsville, Texas, to a father who tended the family farm in Mexico and a mother who ran the once-famous Rancho Grande Restaurant, young Cisneros dreamed of one day running the family farm and owning a chain of restaurants. But after Mexico’s peso devaluation wiped out the fortunes of thousands of Mexicans, including his family’s,Carlos left home and started waiting tables to help pay for college. In time, he enrolled at the University of Texas in Austin where he majored in History. After attending law school in Houston, he relocated back to South Texas where he continues to practice law to this day.
One day, while at the courthouse, Cisneros overheard a young colleague ranting and raving after having a case stolen by another attorney. When the colleague threatened to sue and report the lawyer to the State Bar, the sleaze replied “the judges and the State Bar do my bidding!" Cisneros learned that his colleague had signed up the widow of a welder who had fallen off wobbly scaffolding to his death, making the case worth millions. Unfortunately, the shyster lawyer—after secretly paying the family thirty thousand dollars to switch firms—ended up with the case. And so the seed of an idea for his first novel was planted in Cisneros’ mind.
Staying up most nights until 3:00 a.m., Cisneros spent five years writing The Case Runner until it was finished. As he looked for publishers, Cisneros immediately started work on a second novel entitled Nine Ways to Skin a Cat. This legal thriller is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2009.
When he is not working, trying cases or writing, Carlos Cisneros can be found fishing the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
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Great book!!!, March 28, 2008
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