The Black Hand

  • by Chris Blatchford
  • Narrated by Paul Boehmer
  • 14 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- E

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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- brenda santana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2010
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio