The Black Hand: The Story of Rene "Boxer" Enriquez and His Life in the Mexican Mafia

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Harper Collins, Sep 29, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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Rene "Boxer" Enriquez grew up in East L.A., where gang fights and drive-by shootings were everyday occurrences fueled by rage, drugs, and alcohol. Sent to prison at nineteen, he was recruited by La Eme, the near-mythic Mexican Mafia, arguably the most well-armed and dangerous gang in American history. A young man without fear who would kill without hesitation, Enriquez's loyalty and iron will drove him quickly up the ranks, from mob enforcer to the upper echelons, where he would help rule for nearly two decades. Seeking respect, he devoted his life to a bloody cause, only to find betrayal and disillusionment.

Award-winning journalist Chris Blatchford's The Black Hand is an astonishing look deep inside a closed, secret, and deadly criminal society—an intense and unprecedented tale of depravity, violence, and redemption.

 

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User Review  - Berserkr14 - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

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User Review  - antrax5.7 - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

Contents

Operation Pelican Drop
168
Calling the Shots from Prison
178
Baby Killers
193
Dead Men Dont Pay
216
Chuco Rolls on La Eme
222
A Rat or Just Smart?
234
A MiniMob Convention
241
Boxer Bat and the Tijuana Drug Cartel
248

The Brutality of the Streets
62
Preserving Hoodlum Honor
70
Boxer Meets SteelyEyed Chuco
77
Hit the Streets Like a Wild Man
83
Shifting Loyalties and Sweet Revenge
89
A Reign of Terror
98
Learning a Sweet Lucrative Scam
114
Hungry Piranhas in a Tank
120
Die Like a Man You Punk
126
Mafia Gratitude Goes Only So Far
134
La Eme Goes to Hollywood
137
Drivebys Drugs and the Pepsi Generation Mafia
146
Dealing with Pure Evil
153
The Eme Plot to Kill the Governor of California
162
It Was Just Business
260
Race Riot Madness
270
Phony Peace Talks
276
Growing MobWeary
288
Man Is Made or Unmade by Himself
295
Dropping Out of the Mob
307
A Wonderful Break
320
You Cant Play by the Rules
328
La Eme Spreading Like a Cancer
339
Trying to Be More
347
Afterword
355
Glossary
367
Acknowledgments
379
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About the author (2009)

Chris Blatchford is an investigative reporter and author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller Three Dog Nightmare. He has won numerous commendations and awards for his reports, including nine Emmy Awards and a Peabody for his investigation into Italian Mafia infiltration of MCA/Universal's music and home video divisions. He lives in Los Angeles.

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