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The Black Hand: The Bloody Rise and Redemption of "Boxer" Enriquez, a… (2008)

by Chris Blatchford

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Best book I've read in a while. I couldn't put the book down. ( )
  EzyReader | Mar 3, 2016 |
Good book overall. Very intriguing as it goes into detail about the inner workings of the Mexican Mob. Shocking the amount of violence and lack of loyalty among its own members. Glad to see Boxer has a new lease on life. ( )
  Berserkr14 | Jan 8, 2014 |
The book was great, talks about growing up in a life of destruction and violence of gangs. The author talks about how growing up in gangs are bad and what they had to do to get in and had to kill, fight and steal. ( )
  antrax5.7 | Dec 1, 2010 |
The Black Hand
Chris Blatchford
Harper Collins
10 East 53rd St, New York, NY 10022-5299
(212 207-7528 www.harpercollins.com
978-0-06-125730-8, $7.99, 2009

This was a very shocking true life story of Rene “Boxer” Enriquez and his life in the Mexican Mafia. The author has a journalism background and definitely does his homework on this one. This book can be compared to Hunter S. Thompson’s account on life with the Hell’s Angels, except Chris Blatchford was given permission to write this and was not undercover. I found this book very gripping and interesting, especially since I knew nothing about the Mexican Mafia.
The book tells Rene’s life story on growing up in East Las Angeles and his downward spiral into drugs and his first introduction into gang life. I like in the foreword section that Rene admits he was no angel and is not attempting to sugar coat his story. He had a pretty stable home life, but still turned to the darker side of crime and gangs. He is in and out of prison his entire life and only seems to get more vicious and more powerful behind bars. The reader gets horrifying accounts of his killing other people “Hits” and his animalistic savage lifestyle.
Of course Rene hits the bottom of the barrel and it takes him a while to realize that he wants out of the gang life and knows the risks involved in leaving the mafia. I am so glad that he got help in this regard and eventually got sober. It is sad that he will never be released from prison, but he is making what he can out of his current situation. Rene is now an expert on the Mexican Mafia and assists the Federal and Prison officials on his knowledge of it.
This book is definitely for mature audiences only and several parts had me cringing, especially of the barbaric killing of innocent people. I liked the author’s research in the book and would highly recommend it to anyone, especially those interested in mafia. ( )
  lg4154 | Nov 13, 2009 |
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Enriquez is such an unsympathetic character, showing no remorse or reflection until the end of the book, that the narrative, despite the many dramatic events, sometimes drags. The writing is rough in spots, and midway through "Black Hand," as Enriquez's story becomes bogged down in a litany of prison shankings and beatings, the reader loses track of the many convicts, their nicknames and their multitudinous beefs against one another.
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THE BLACK HAND is the true story of Rene Enriquez, aka "Boxer," and his rise in a secret criminal organization, a new Mafia, that already has a grip on all organized crime in California and soon all of the United States. This Mafia is using a base army of an estimated 60,000 heavily armed, loyal Latino gang members, called Surenos, driven by fear and illicit profits. They are the most dangerous gang in American history and they wave the flag of the Black Hand.

Mafioso Enriquez gives an insider′s view of how he devoted his life to the cause--the Mexican Mafia, La Familia Mexicana, also known as La Eme--only to find betrayal and disillusionment at the end of a bloody trail of violence that he followed for two decades.

And now, award-winning investigative journalist Chris Blatchford, with the unprecedented cooperation of Rene Enriquez, reveals the inner workings, secret meetings, and elaborate murder plots that make up the daily routine of the Mafia brothers. It is an intense, never-before-told story of a man who devoted his life to a bloody cause only to find betrayal and disillusionment.

Based on years of research and investigation, Chris Blatchford has delivered a historic narrative of a nefarious organization that will go down as a classic in mob literature.

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This is the true story of Rene Enriquez and his rise in a secret criminal organization, a new Mafia, that has a grip on all organized crime in California. This Mafia uses a base army of an estimated 60,000 heavily armed, loyal Latino gang members, called Surenos, driven by fear and illicit profits. Originally published: New York: William Morrow, 20.… (more)

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