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Blood in, blood out, blood everywhere
on 6 February 2011
Detailed, well written and well edited, this account of life in one of the USA's most ruthless prison gangs is compulsive reading. It's one of the more 'shocking' gang themed books I've read in that the Mexican Mafia footsoldiers (and leaders, come to that) seem prepared to commit heinous crimes in broad daylight, and with little attempt to cover their tracks. Thus many gang careers take place behind bars, almost in their entirety. It's less cops and robbers than 'killers and killers'. One can understand, to an extent, the attraction of being part of 'La Eme'; belonging, respect, a bit of spending money for some, but somehow that doesn't seem enough to justify risking a life sentence. Worse, on this account, much of a Mafioso's time seems to be spent trying to kill other members, or avoiding getting killed themselves. So much for belonging. This does at least make for interesting reading, and with stakes this high (kill or be killed, shank or get shanked) the narrative is never short on tension or grim excitement.
The 'main character', Enriquez always comes accross as charismatic and intelligent, and as the author implies, would have made a successful businessman or, in my opinion, academic or politician. Maybe not a politician - even ruthless, treacherous, murderous, venal career criminals have some standards.