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The Black Hand Audiobook

The Black Hand: The Bloody Rise and Redemption of "Boxer" Enriquez, a Mexican Mob Killer

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Publisher's Summary

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 19 - 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 his 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.

©2008 Chris Blatchford; (P)2008 Tantor

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    "Intense, brutal, and informative"

    I was really stunned by all the details given.
    I recommend a narrator with a Spanish language backround who can pronounce the Spanish words better.

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    D. Rodriguez Yay Area, USA 09-20-16
    D. Rodriguez Yay Area, USA 09-20-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Chris Blatchford should have read this."
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    As a Los Angeles native, I grew up with Chris Blatchford's FOX 11 Undercover series. He was the best and I really wish he had read his own book. It would have been perfect. Anyone unfamiliar with Chris, should look up the Fox 11 Undercover segments on Youtube. From gangsters to raves, he really had the pulse of the Southern California underground.

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    tg 09-16-16
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    "great book"

    an eye opening read about LA eme (Mexican mafia) a must read to get a better understanding of the mentality of a gangster.

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    brenda santana 08-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "narrator not so good"

    book is great lots of insight on prison life as an eme member. the narrator could have been just a little bit better

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    Amazon Customer 08-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome Book"

    Growing up in souther California you hear about the Eme, crazy how much power they have. Awesome book

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    "Great story"

    I would've preferred a Spanish speaker. The way he annunciated the Spanish words usually deterred from the meaning of them. A few I couldn't even understand due to bad annunciation. Otherwise great book.

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    Nick 05-09-16
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    "A very intense book! Makes Al Capone look soft!"

    A must read book! I started at 8 on Saturday and was completed by Monday morning. I couldn't get enough!

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    great book. but the reading should have been left to a Latin speaking reader. the reader performer not being Hispanic comma sometimes was a bit hard to understand

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    There is hope in change! God alone can redeem the soul! A story to road to redemption!

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    4luck2d 02-15-16
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    really enjoyed this book. had alot of events that truly happened . would definitely listen to it again

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