Respect the Jux

Respect the Jux

Contributions by: Karen Hunter

In Jamaica . . . he 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.


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.


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 . . .


A novel based on true events, written by a man who experienced it within two degrees of separation.
  • Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439193945 | 
  • September 2010
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Respect the Jux includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Frank C. Matthews. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


As a kid growing up in Jamaica, Cat learned that life was simple: you hustle, or you get hustled. He decided that he wanted to get his, and he wasn’t going to let the law stop him. Then at sixteen, his world was uprooted and brought to the streets of Queens. Cat’s first jux happened after spotting a “baller,” a man with a knot of cash. He was too flashy with his cash, so it was taken from him. This is the code Cat lives by; this is the code that gives rise to The Order of Thieves.

The Order, founded by Cat, consists of a disparate group of men who have all proved themselves in action. They do not consider themselves gangsters, but gunmen; they go down shooting. Cat, Banit, Cloud, James, Prince, and Ozzi are the members, but one of them is a cop, and one of them is about to get killed. Forced to split up, the crew plans to reunite in Miami and team with party promoter Gamble to pull off the biggest jux any of them has ever seen. Will their pasts catch up with them before they can pull it off, o see more

About the Author

Frank C. Matthews
Kevin Major

Frank C. Matthews

Respect the Jux is Frank Matthews debut novel.  Frank was born in New York City and grew up in Queens and Brooklyn.