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on 28 December 2011
Read as part of an interest in organised criminal groups across the world.
This is worth reading. The opening section on transporting inmates to court was nicely done, and some of the courtroom material is strong. Having said that, some of the legal material is rather dragged out, without any clear point. Alongside all the material on the characters in the dock, it would have been interesting to hear a bit more on the 'history' of the AB. This book does provide some coverage on history and structure, but it seems hard to find a book that can really cover the origins of this group with real depth and accuracy. Perhaps that is inevitable.
The book does jump back and forth between court and a case study of setting up a giant meth[amphetamine] lab, with some explication of the links between the two scenarios. The meth lab 'storyline' was very interesting, particularly from a perspective of seeing crime as business; it could almost stand alone as a book.
Blood in Blood Out is interesting and original, though not without weaker elements. Worth a look.