Using all of the tools of a capable police investigation, Logan, a journalist based in Latin America, connects the fortunes of Brenda Paz, a Honduran-American teenager, with the ultraviolent Mara Salvatrucha gang. After family difficulties led Paz's father to send her to Texas to live with her uncle, she witnessed a friend's murder by her boyfriend, the leader of the local MS-13 gang, and fled to Virginia following her boyfriend's arrest. Logan probes the secretive Mara Salvatrucha, which funds its illegal activities through extortion, kidnapping, prostitution, drugs and theft, causing the FBI to label it the most dangerous of all criminal outfits. Eventually Paz informs on the gang about the national leadership and crimes, and the Feds unwisely stash the restless teenager in the witness protection program. Placing the reader in the midst of this story with harrowing detail, Logan writes of a young life wasted and an evil crime empire. (July)
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Samuel Logan is an investigative reporter based in Latin America. For the past 3 years, he has reported on gang activity across the U.S. and central America. Originally from New Orleans, he lives in Brazil with his wife and daughter.
I'm amazed at how stupid this girl was. With all of the help of the federal government they couldn't save her from her own dumb self.Published 2 months ago by Cynthia Cabral
Mostly focusing on the case study of Brenda Paz and her life the author really brings every detail to life in an exciting format. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Julia
I enjoyed this book then I watched the gangland show of MS13. True story is my fav.Published 5 months ago by Rosa Medina
An interesting book on the MS-13 told through the story of Brenda Paz, a gang member who turned informant and was killed for it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Seth Ferranti- Gorilla Convict Publications
The book focuses on and tracks one particular gang member. Interesting story but not detailed about MS-13 or its national penetration.Published 18 months ago by Paul Miller
I was very disappointed with this book. I try to branch out and read about topics that are unfamiliar to me. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Alex Underwood
I got a better understanding of this particular gang in the United States. They are dangerous and not to be taken lightlyPublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this book. Another female story that provides an insight of the struggles of a bad childhood leading to the gang life.Published on June 1, 2013 by Laurie Vinson