Frank C. Matthews’ triumphant
transformation from inmate to novelist has established him as a leading
force in the world of urban literature. Armed with his mastery of the
written word, Matthews has achieved feats that are only reserved for the
most seasoned of writers, selling an unprecedented amount of books as a
first-time author and self-publisher. When it comes to putting the urban
voice – the human voice – on the page, Matthews has no peer. His
unprecedented journey demonstrates that even when confronted with a web of
trials and tribulations, creativity has the ability to flourish. As a New
York City native, Matthews grew up with aspirations of one day becoming a
household name as an NBA Superstar. His dream took a detour, but his
resilience and determination allowed him to persevere.
Matthews delved into the business of publishing, an industry he now planned
to one day master. He found his style of writing to be unique, labeling it
as “true fiction,” an alternate take on real events he had witnessed
firsthand. He honed his craft and further developed a distinctive writing
style that was uninhibited, dramatic yet cinematic as his readers traveled
to adventurous sonic territory. He had a burning desire to share his rare
experiences in the underworld of crime with anyone who would listen.
Matthews’ drive and passion was reinvigorated. He would be relentless in his
pursuit to share with the masses his tales of underworld crime, drama,
brotherhood and love.
Upon his rebirth in 2005, Matthews discovered that he could put his past behind him and emerge with a renewed sense of purpose and unwavering determination. The resilient author took his astounding gift of writing “true fiction,” coupled with his compulsion for words and decided to pursue his passion. Even after numerous failed attempts at landing a publishing deal, Matthews did what he learned to do best – create opportunities for himself. He knew that there was an untapped niche audience eager to hear his voice, and he was steadfast in his desire to supplant the current favorites in the urban lit arena.
Matthews self-published one of his first novels, Respect the Jux, and it caught fire, selling over 20,000 thousand copies. The book catapulted Matthews into the sphere typically reserved for seasoned literary greats while capturing the attention of everyone from rappers Jay-Z, Ghostface Killer, and 50 Cent (who rapped on Lloyd Banks’s single, “Hands up, if you want to party with crooks you have to learn to Respect the Jux!”) to literary powerhouses like bestselling author and publisher Karen Hunter.
The gripping tale borrows from Matthews’ recollection of urban legends through the saga of Cat, who journeyed from Jamaica to the United States as a teenager. After a stint in the military, Cat returned with newfound skills and a desire for his own version of the American Dream—by any means necessary.
Using his extensive military background in weapons and intelligence, Cat formed “The Order,” a band of thieves that specialized in pulling off juxes, which Matthews defines as emulating and acquiring another’s style, intellect, or swagger for personal advancement.
Captivating, intriguing, mesmerizing – all words that describe Frank Matthews’ uncanny ability to bring readers into the worlds that he creates. His first auspicious debut Respect the Jux, a dynamic tale of brotherhood, greed, and power, hits the shelves nationwide in September, the style made famous by Slim and Goines will be revived…with a 21st century twist!
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Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Karen Hunter; Original edition (September 21, 2010)
A Novel Based on True Events
Don’t do the crime, if you can’t do it right.
Meet Cat: In Jamaica . . .het learned the art of the “jux”: robbing people by studying their everyday movements. By the age of eight, Cat was shoplifting and purse-snatching. By ten, he had his first gun. At fifteen, he committed his first murder.
Make the Gang: In New York City . . . he created The Order: a secret society of thieves who played by Cat’s rules. He taught his crew how to pull off the perfect jux. Made them swear on a bible and a bullet. Robbed dealers, pushers, thugs. And raked in millions. Then Cat was betrayed—by one of his own men.
Break the Rules: In Miami . . . he set up a new operation. Bigger game, bigger stakes. The targets are prime—athletes, politicians, drug lords, celebrities—and the payoff is huge. But the party scene is as dangerous as the ladies are beautiful. Cat has to watch his back and remember the rules: Never trust a thief. Never get caught. And always . . .Respect the Jux: A novel based on true events, written by a man who experienced it within two degrees of separation.