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
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.
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.
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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