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. INTRODUCTION
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