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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.
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on 12 August 2015
I bought this, for a change of reading material. I have read books about American Prisons, criminal life etc., but nothing about American gangs. It's gory, violent and brutal, so definitely not for the faint hearted! It's a glimpse of a side of life, that's absolutely horrifying. It's definitely an eye-opener. The author, and subject, Rene Enriquez, known as 'Boxer', have certainly come up with a no holds barred book. I can't wait to find a spare hour, to read some more. Excellent. Hope you enjoy it, as much as I am.
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on 1 August 2013
Brilliant first hand insite in to life in the notorious La Eme, forget watching Gangland, Locked Up, if you really want to know what life is like for the notorious prison gang then this is a must read. Rene "Boxer" Enriquez tells both his and La Eme worts and all story, without asking for sympathy or notoriety but just telling it how it is
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on 26 February 2010
An exellent book. Far better than Tony Rafaels The Mexican Mafia.
This book tells you the inner workings of la eme and also tells us about the prison politics as well. I read this book twice. Well recommended folks. Any body know any other good books about la eme other than Tony Rafaels.
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on 12 March 2015
Start to finish this keeps you reading. It's a horrific insight into gang life. The most frightening book I have ever read mainly because it is factual.
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on 2 March 2013
A really interesting book. I've read a lot of true crime books but this is the first I've read on this area. I'll definitely be reading more
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on 6 July 2016
Brilliant book that really gives you a great insight into how the Mexican mafia runs its operations, real page Turner.
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on 10 January 2016
A must read for fans of non-fiction crime stories. Very intriguing and educational.
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on 3 November 2015
Vay vay, vay good book
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on 27 March 2015
Great read
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