Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel
Paperback ISBN: 1501126555
The tale of two American teenagers recruited as killers for a Mexican cartel, and the Mexican-American detective who realizes the War on Drugs is unstoppable. “A hell of a story…undeniably gripping.” (The New York Times) In this astonishing story, journalist Dan Slater recounts the unforgettable odyssey of Gabriel Cardona. At first glance, Gabriel is the poster-boy American teenager: athletic, bright, handsome, and charismatic. But the ghettos of Laredo, Texas—his border town—are full of smugglers and gangsters and patrolled by one of the largest law-enforcement complexes in the world. It isn’t long before Gabriel abandons his promising future for the allure of juvenile crime, which leads him across the river to Mexico’s most dangerous drug cartel: Los Zetas. Friends from his childhood join him and eventually they catch the eye of the cartel’s leadership. As the cartel wars spill over the border, Gabriel and his crew are sent to the States to work. But in Texas, the teen hit men encounter a Mexican-born homicide detective determined to keep cartel violence out of his adopted country. Detective Robert Garcia’s pursuit of the boys puts him face-to-face with the urgent consequences and new security threats of a drug war he sees as unwinnable. In Wolf Boys, Slater takes readers on a harrowing, often brutal journey into the heart of the Mexican drug trade. Ultimately though, Wolf Boys is the intimate story of the lobos: teens turned into pawns for the cartels. A nonfiction thriller, it reads with the emotional clarity of a great novel, yet offers its revelations through extraordinary reporting.
Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel
Hardcover ISBN: 1501126547
Traces the stories of two American teens who abandoned a promising athletic future in favor of being trained as assassins for the Zetas drug cartel, describing the efforts of Mexican-born detective Robert Garcia to track down the boys and their leaders in spite of his personal pessimism about the war on drugs.
Memoirs of a Gangster's Daughter
Paperback ISBN: 477003086x
Born to a wealthy and powerful yakuza boss, Shoko Tendo lived the early years of her life in luxury. However, when she was six, everything changed: her father was jailed, and the family fell into debt. Bullied by her classmates because of her father's activities, and terrorized at home by her father, who became a drunken, violent monster after his release from prison, Tendo rebelled. As a teenager she became a drug addict and a member of a girl gang. At the age of 15 she spent eight months in a juvenile detention center after getting into a fight with another gang. During Japan's bubble economy of the eighties, Tendo worked as a bar hostess, attracting many rich and loyal customers, and earning money to help her family out of debt. But there were also abusive clients, one of whom beat her so badly that her face was left permanently scarred. Her mother died, plunging Tendo into a depression so deep that she tried to commit suicide. Somehow, Tendo overcame these tough times. A turning point was getting a full-body tattoo with a design centered on a geisha with a dagger in her mouth, an act that empowered her to change her life. She quit her job as a hostess. On her last day at work, she looked up at the full moon, which became a symbol of her struggle to become whole, and the title of the book she wrote as an epitaph for herself and her family. The paperback edition of Yakuza Moon features 16-pages of never-before-seen photos of Tendos youth, family, and tattoos, as well as a new foreword by the author, describing her life since the book was first published four years ago. "Emotionally complex and thoroughly heart-rending, this book is recommended for anyone searching for a more thorough and personal understanding of Japanese society. Publishers Weekly "The first female ever to break the code of silence and speak about life for women in the underworld...her best-selling memoir shocked [Japan]...with its graphic accounts of her addictions to sex, drugs and violent lovers. Marie Claire [Tendos] story...shines a light into a dark and little understood corner of modern Japan." The Guardian "The book offers a rare woman's view of Japan's criminal underbelly. The Independent "Much has been written about Japan's gangsterstheir full-body tattoos, boozing, womanizing, strict honor codes and occasional explosions of violence. Very little has been heard from their lovers, daughters or wives. Tendo has been all three." Bloomberg "A chilling and tawdry tale about family life and romance among the yakuza. The Wall Street Journal "A raw, heartbreaking account of damaged youth." Bust "A thrilling memoir...an exclusive glimpse into a life rarely experienced firsthand." Time Out Chicago
Yellow Kid Weil
The Autobiography of America's Master Swindler
Paperback ISBN: 1849350213
Bilked bankers, grifted gamblers, and swindled spinsters: welcome to the world of confidence men. You'll marvel at the elaborate schemes developed by The Yellow Kid and cry for the marks who lost it all to his ingenuity$8,000,000 by some estimations. Fixed horse races, bad real-estate deals, even a money-making machineall were tools of the trade for the Kid and his associates: the Swede, the Butterine Kid, the Harmony Kid, Fats Levine, and others. The Sting (1973), starring Paul Newman and based largely on the story of the Yellow Kid, is entertaining, but is no match for the real deal.
Yo soy el hijo del Cartel de Cali / I Am the Son of the Cali Cartel
Spanish Paperback ISBN: 1622639014
I Am the Son of the Cali Cartel is the testimony of William Rodríguez Abadía, son and nephew, respectively, of Miguel and Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, founders of one of the most feared Colombian crime rings throughout the 90s.For the first time, and with a confidential tone, the heir of one of the largest criminal empires in the Americas tells about life inside the Rodríguez Orejuela family, the bloody fight against Pablo Escobar, and the amount of resources spent in the effort to block the extradition orders against him. After four years of living in hiding and his subsequent imprisonment, the author puts at risk his safety and that of his family to reveal the hidden details and the inner workings of the cartel, the buying of loyalties, and the infiltration of the crime ring into the highest levels of the political, economic, and social life of Colombia. The reader will get to know a family dominated by a pact of silence between father and uncle, and will find answers to many questions, from the link between drug trafficking and soccer, to political favors and theProcess 8000
Zetas, la franquicia criminal / Zetas, Criminal Franchise
Spanish Paperback ISBN: 6074805121
A pesar de la guerra de Calderon y Pena Nieto contra los carteles de la droga, estos solo se han fortalecido. El ejemplo mas claro de ello son Los Zetas, uno de las organizaciones criminales mas poderosas del mundo. En Zetas: La Franquicia Criminal, nuevo libro de Ricardo Ravelo publicado por Ediciones B Mexico, se describe la red criminal de los Zetas, que incluyen el trafico de drogas, armas y personas, asi como los secuestros y extorsiones por todo el pais.