The Name Partner

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The son of migrant workers, Guillermo "Billy" Bravo is one of South Texas' most successful attorneys, and he's determined to see his name on his firm's stationery. He can see it in his mind's eye: Bates, Domani, Rockford, Lord & Bravo. But suddenly, his life starts spinning out of control. He learns that fifteen years ago, a month after getting married, a one-night stand led to a son he didn't know he had. He's sure his wife Yamilé will hand him his private parts on a platter, along with divorce papers, when ...

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Overview

The son of migrant workers, Guillermo "Billy" Bravo is one of South Texas' most successful attorneys, and he's determined to see his name on his firm's stationery. He can see it in his mind's eye: Bates, Domani, Rockford, Lord & Bravo. But suddenly, his life starts spinning out of control. He learns that fifteen years ago, a month after getting married, a one-night stand led to a son he didn't know he had. He's sure his wife Yamilé will hand him his private parts on a platter, along with divorce papers, when she finds out. And he'll never make name partner if there's a contentious divorce. Then Billy gets a new case, to defend BostonMagnifica Pharmaceuticals against a wrongful death suit. Tomas Ray's widow contends that a new, powerful psychotropic drug, caused her husband—a successful attorney—to kill two innocent bystanders before killing himself. Billy quickly finds himself being pressured by both his boss and BM's CEO to make the lawsuit go away. But he soon finds evidence confirming BM has something to hide. Billy's life takes another turn for the worse when his teenage daughter is diagnosed with leukemia. When doctors tell him that a BM-produced drug is all that can save her, Billy feels even more conflicted about defending the drug company. What if he loses the case and BM goes out of business, leaving his daughter without the medication she needs to survive? In this hard-hitting and timely novel about a drug company that puts its shareholders' profits over safety, Carlos Cisneros takes the reader on a whirlwind ride as his protagonist struggles with his responsibilities to his client, his family, and his own personal ethics.

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This follow-up to The Case Runner (2008), the author's debut, continues his exploration of the ethical ambiguity of the legal profession. It's not a sequel; Cisneros introduces a new protagonist, Guillermo "Billy" Bravo, an ambitious attorney whose goal of becoming a name partner seems easily within reach. All he has to do is defend a pharmaceutical company against a charge that their new psychotropic drug is responsible for a murder-suicide; for Billy, who's never lost a case, this sort of thing is a walk in the park. But soon (experienced readers will see this coming) Billy learns that his superiors have their own reasons for wanting the case to go away and that the pharmaceutical company is keeping some nasty secrets. This thriller lands firmly in John Grisham territory: the up-and-coming lawyer, the big corporation, the conspiracy involving his own firm. But Cisneros, a practicing attorney in Texas, makes the material his own, mostly by playing up the themes of personal and corporate ethics. The novel isn't merely a fast-paced legal thriller; it's also a thoughtful rumination on the conflict between ambition and morality. — David Pitt
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558855946
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,156,625
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2010

    A real page-turner

    Bravo! Cisneros does an excellent job with a very compelling protagonist and story line. The realistic weaving of same into the practice of a trial lawyer in South Texas makes for a very engaging read. Although in a completely different context, the theme of the book as I read it reminded me somewhat of the theme I appreciated from Tom Wolfe's 1987 classic, Bonfire of the Vanities. The Name Partner is inexpensive, a short read, and one you definitely will not regret. I can't wait for Cisneros' third book.

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