The Black Hand

The Black Hand

The Bloody Rise and Redemption of "Boxer" Enriquez, A Mexican Mob Killer

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Chronicles the experiences of an enforcer for the La Familia Mexicana mob organization, documenting its influence and growing number of loyal members while describing the enforcer's violent and disillusioning two-decade career.

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Rene "Boxer" Enriquez grew up on the violent streets of East L.A., where gang fights, robberies, and drive-by shootings were fueled by rage, drugs, and alcohol. When he finally landed in prison-at the age of nineteen-Enriquez found an organization that brought him the respect he always wanted: the near-mythic and widely feared Mexican Mafia, La Eme.

What the organization saw in Enriquez was a young man who knew no fear and would kill anyone-justifiably or not-in the blink of an eye. That loyalty and iron will drove him up the ranks as a mob enforcer and ultimately to the upper echelons, where he would help rule for nearly two decades.

Enriquez helped La Eme become the powerful and violent organization that it is now, with a base army of approximately 60,000 heavily armed gang members who control the prison system and a large part of California crime. Arguably the most dangerous gang in American history, its reach is growing.

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.

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

Publisher: New York : Morrow
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781400190485
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Sep 20, 2018

I found some of the content relentless. The amount of killing inside the prison system made this world so small and contrite that you just wanted them all to finish themselves off just so you could stop reading about who disrespected who.

Obviously there are lot of players involved but they tend to blur together while trying to outlay the larger story of how powerful the Mexican Mafia is. Thankfully, Rene Enriquez, the subject of the book finds some redemption and salvation, though he doesn't deserve much in the way of pity as he dealt out so much senseless violence. In there somewhere is a human being and he comes to that realization far too late.

The last third of the book is a nice respite and moves the story along.
If you want a similar feel to the book, check out NETFLIX's SURVIVING ESCOBAR- ALIAS JJ. It is pretty much the same thing. Also...check out the Rene Enrique interview on Youtube. It gives you a sense at how smart and articulate the guy had become through the years.

The narrator for this was poorly matched but tolerable.



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