The Black Hand: The Story of Rene

The Black Hand: The Story of Rene "Boxer" Enriquez and His Life in the Mexican Mafia

by Chris Blatchford

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An intense and shocking inside look at the inner workings of La Eme, the Mexican Mafia (La Familia Mexicana), The Black Hand is the story of loyal soldier Rene “Boxer” Enriquez, his life of crime, and his ultimate redemption. Award-winning investigative journalist and author Chris Blatchford tells the never-before-told true story of the most powerful gang in America—and one of the most brutal and ruthless criminal organizations in the world—who control the California underworld and wave the flag of The Black Hand.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061257308
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 174,467
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

Chris Blatchford is an investigative reporter and author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller Three Dog Nightmare. He has won numerous commendations and awards for his reports, including nine Emmy Awards and a Peabody for his investigation into Italian Mafia infiltration of MCA/Universal's music and home video divisions. He lives in Los Angeles.

What People are Saying About This

William "Billy" Queen

“Chris Blatchford has hit a grand slam. The Black Hand is an important page turning book that will take you into a frightening dark world that shouldn’t exist… but it does. It’s riveting, and when you finish the book, you’ll get up and lock your doors. Highly recommended.”

Joe Pistone

“A fascinating look at the world of the Mexican Mafia, more ruthless than the LCN. A must read for law enforcement and a tribute to the courage of ‘dropout’ Rene ‘Boxer’ Enriquez.”

Vincent Bugliosi

“A courageous and well-written exposé on one of the most ruthless and powerful gangs of all, the Mexican Mafia. Chris Blatchford reaffirms his position as being among Americans greatest investigative reporters.”

Joseph Wambaugh

“A fascinating, vivid and unforgettable insider’s look at the bloody, secret and deadly Mexican Mafia. Chris Blatchford’s compulsively readable wake-up call spares no one and names everyone, including the politicians who aid and abet this dangerous criminal organization, through corruption, maddening naiveté, or political correctness.”

Dominick Dunne

“A gripping, powerful, chilling inside look at a criminal organization that is changing the organized crime landscape. This is a mob classic.”

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Black Hand 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boxer ALMOST tells all! Which is alot since not many dropouts reveal information on how their gang operates. Very insightful, especially for anyone studying criminal justice, involved in law enforcement, or just interested in reading about stone cold killers. Not praising what he did in life, but lets the reader know there's heartless killers out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely worth taking a look at. Well written and it is hard to put down this book. It goes beyond the basic details and takes you into the particulars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved love love this book! I could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very intresting i could not put it down. It really scared me because they hurt innocent people for nothing, they don't even give you a opprotunity to defend the truth than a lie and that is really sad.
Thank GOD that Rene had the courage to leave evil behind.
antrax5.7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book was great, talks about growing up in a life of destruction and violence of gangs. The author talks about how growing up in gangs are bad and what they had to do to get in and had to kill, fight and steal.
Miguel Meza More than 1 year ago
The best book I have ever read! Hands down and I bought it like 3 times. I don't think I'll ever get bored of it. But I can't always keep it in my house or things get alittle crazy! I am glad I picked it up! I am from Woodburn Oregon and it is a good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book... gives me an insight on how crazy the black hand do things. I highly recommend this to people who can relate to story and has lived a similar life...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the type of book that I would order, but my son who got himself in trouble and was locked up at the time asked for this book. I didn't read it myself so my review is based on his comments. He said it was a great book and he would recommend it to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There's so much detail, great book.
Sior818 More than 1 year ago
Inspiring book! Definitely recommend to anyone who is interested in how the mafia works or have any questions about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I work with inmates and many of them are involved with gangs. This book was referred by a gang intel friend of mine. Well written and fascinating.
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The author has provided a well-written, easy to read account of the Mexican Mafia. Detailed information on their drug dealing and distribution plus not too graphic documentation on some of the numerous murders completes this informative look into this organized crime group. Residents of Southern California will especially be interested in the group's activities throughout the southland.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Helps you understand the heartless senseless killings this and all gangs to for the "loyalty" to the gang.
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I literally just finished this book one minute ago. To make an incredibly long story short, I googled Mexican Mafia book and scoured results to see which book had the most articulate info and best customer reviews. The Black Hand seemed the most favorable among readers so I embarked on a mission at my local B&N to find it. I searched high and low in the biography section assuming it would be there. No results. I then went to the social sciences section thinking it for sure would be there. Frustrated, I turned to my right and saw the true crime section. ALAS! I thought. Not so... I saw a sales associate and inquired the whereabouts of this now highly coveted book. "That is downstairs behind the counter," she retorted. I went on to ask her out of sheer curiosity why it would be downstairs kept behind a counter (was it that inappropriate for young readers? Or so I thought). Her answer was simple: "It's one of our most stolen books." I quickly charged downstairs and purchased a copy. Let me tell you right now, I understand why people are trying to get their hands on this book. IT'S TAKES YOU ON A UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL TOUR OF LA EME AND THE WAY THINGS WORK. Sorry for the caps but I cannot convey this message enough. I started researching gang culture (I'm mexican by the way/ female) due to a former guy I was dating that got caught up in the life pursuing neighborhood gang status who is currently serving an eight year prison sentence. I work with at risk youth now and felt this book could give me insight into what these kids (especially boys) are aspiring to achieve. This book truly opened my eyes to a world that is run like like a blood thirsty business entity fueled by drugs, racketeering and politics. One could say they already knew that but I am telling you, for those who want to actually LEARN about La Eme, and the hispanic gang culture God's LOOK NO FURTHER.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book! It was impossible to put it down after I opened it and began reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hands down , very interesting book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I and my hubby went to Barnes n Noble to get this book we were told it was a high risk book, (theft wise) so far everyone is talking about this...and more n more ppl are getting it. Great book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written.