Book review: Baltimore Gangster Montana Barronette was a ‘normal teenager in an abnormal environment’

The descent of Sandtown, Baltimore’s ‘number one trigger-puller’ is bluntly examined in journalist Mark Bowden’s deep dive into gang warfare

Montana ‘Tana’Barronette, who led the notorious street gang Trained to Go in Sandtown, Baltimore

Not for nothing did the great city of Baltimore, Maryland, earn the noxious nickname of Bodymore, Murderland. Baltimore has long endured a reputation for violent crime, but in the second decade of this century it suddenly got a whole lot worse – peaking at an increased rate of 72 per cent over the previous ten years. Why?

In his new book, prize-winning journalist Mark Bowden baldly describes the problem. “The issue was a Gordian knot ...