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More About The Black Hand by Chris BlatchfordOverviewAn intense and shocking inside look at the inner workings of La Eme, the Mexican Mafia (La Familia Mexicana), The Black Hand is the story of loyal soldier Rene Boxer Enriquez, his life of crime, and his ultimate redemption. Award-winning investigative journalist and author Chris Blatchford tells the never-before-told true story of the most powerful gang in America and one of the most brutal and ruthless criminal organizations in the world who control the California underworld and wave the flag of The Black Hand."
Publishers Weekly Reviews
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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 64.
- Review Date: 2008-07-28
- Reviewer: Staff
There is much to praise in this authorized biography of Rene “Boxer” Enriquez, penned by Peabody Award–winning journalist Blatchford (Three Dog Nightmare). While this is a superb cautionary tale about the dangers of youth falling into senseless gang violence, it also rates as a probing, redemptive story of Enriquez, a vicious, heroin-addicted killer for Los Angeles's largest criminal street gang, with 20,000 members involved in extortion, drug-dealing, vice and murder. Blatchford explores with grim accuracy Enriquez's criminal past, prison killings, turf wars and contract eliminations around the West Coast. But the book also reveals Enriquez and his crew's total commitment to hoodlum honor, the cost in lives and status, and the betrayals and intrigues both behind bars and out in society. This is a savvy account of Enriquez's arduous self-education and personal transformation from cold killer to a man who, in his own words, educates law enforcement and the public about a “prison and criminal subculture that should scare the hell out of them.” (Sept.)