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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Reymundo Sanchez  

Pen Name: None


Born: Puerto Rico

-- Reymundo Sanchez on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Reymundo Sanchez is the pseudonym of a former Latin King who no longer lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information


Published Works

  • My Bloody Life: The Making of a Latin King (Illinois), Chicago Review Press, 2000
  • Once a King, Always a King: The Unmaking of a Latin King, Chicago Review Press, 2004
  • Latin King: Una vida sangrienta (Coleccion Barbaros/Testimonio), Ediciones Barataria, 2006
  • Lady Q: The Rise and Fall of a Latin Queen, Chicago Review Press, 2008

Selected Titles At Your Library

My bloody life :
ISBN: 1556524277. OCLC Number:

Chicago Review Press,. Chicago :. ©2000.

Looking for an escape from childhood abuse, Reymundo Sanchez turned away from school and baseball to drugs, alcohol, and then sex, and was left to fend for himself before age 14. The Latin Kings, one of the largest and most notorious street gangs in America, became his refuge and his world, but its violence cost him friends, freedom, self-respect, and nearly his life. This is a raw and powerful odyssey through the ranks of the new mafia, where the only people more dangerous than rival gangs are members of your own gang, who in one breath will say they'll die for you and in the next will order your assassination.

Once a king, always a king :
ISBN: 1556525532. OCLC Number:

Chicago Review Press,. Chicago :. ©2003.

This riveting sequel to My Bloody Life traces Reymundo Sanchez's struggle to create a "normal" life outside the Latin Kings, one of the nation's most notorious street gangs, and to move beyond his past.

Latin king :
ISBN: 8495764474. OCLC Number:

Barataria,. Barcelona :. 2006.

Lady Q :
ISBN: 1556527225. OCLC Number:

Chicago Review Press,. Chicago, Ill. :. ©2008.

This raw and powerful memoir is not only of one woman's struggle to survive the streets but also of her ascent to the top ranks of the new Mafia, where the only people more dangerous than rival gangs were members of her own.



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