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5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, timely and scary
I would put this up there with Misha Glenny's brilliant "McMafia" and John Pearson's "Profession of violence" as one of the best true crime books yet produced. It is most definitely NOT one of those blokey "all good boys really" books that quite frankly glorify violence, and are much beloved of "Essex boys" and the rest of the FHM set. No, this is a book that investigates...
Published on 15 Sep 2010 by Big Jim

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mmmm
I found this quite hard to review. It has some excellent information in there and there are some good stories, but it just seemed to be a bit too much of the 'same old scene' all the way through. Can't say I didn't enjoy the read, but can't rate it higher than a 3. If true crime is your thing, and you've read lots of books like this, then you'll learn very little...
Published on 31 Aug 2011 by KevBhav


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, timely and scary, 15 Sep 2010
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Big Jim "Big Jim" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Last Narco: Hunting El Chapo, The World's Most-Wanted Drug Lord (Paperback)
I would put this up there with Misha Glenny's brilliant "McMafia" and John Pearson's "Profession of violence" as one of the best true crime books yet produced. It is most definitely NOT one of those blokey "all good boys really" books that quite frankly glorify violence, and are much beloved of "Essex boys" and the rest of the FHM set. No, this is a book that investigates gang culture in Mexico on the macro and micro economic scale. It describes the various loyalties that are demanded and yet so readily put aside if the price is right. Yes there is violence, explicitly described on occasion, but it is in keeping with the times and environment. It is mindless on occasion but justified in the gangmembers mind by pride and misplaced dreams of getting rich. It is also driven by fear as extortion appears to be the main economic driver in many areas of Mexico today. It is all eerily fascinating and quite frankly gripping.

With some of the gang kingpins recently being arrested with much media fanfare it remains to be seen whether or not by cutting the heads of these particular snakes they will eventually die. After reading this book I wouldn't bet on it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the last narco, 10 Dec 2013
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ny son ordered this book and it he really enjoyed it he likes to read about true life happenings as it gives him a good general knowledge
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mmmm, 31 Aug 2011
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I found this quite hard to review. It has some excellent information in there and there are some good stories, but it just seemed to be a bit too much of the 'same old scene' all the way through. Can't say I didn't enjoy the read, but can't rate it higher than a 3. If true crime is your thing, and you've read lots of books like this, then you'll learn very little. However, if you want to understand something about the Mexican drug world, then there are certainly worse books than this to start with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read, 22 April 2011
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Good story about the background and search for who was at the time the Worlds Most-Wanted Drug Lord. Good Read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars So so, 29 Oct 2010
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While the book flows well in places and can be an exciting read in other sections I felt the research was poorly tied together. I was hoping for another book which would be in the same category as 'Killing Pablo' but was disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very pleased with item, 27 Oct 2014
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came very quick, very pleased with item :)
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