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As Maurice jumped out of bed and moved to get dressed to the banging of the cops’ knock, Kayla stomped the gas peddle to the metal and took off on screeching tires. She contemplated driving to Harlem, the very borough where the rubber soles of Chef pounded the pavement as he ran from the scene of a murder. Meanwhile, Keith’s girlfriend is killed during the shootout in their home. He took off running from the scene only to be pulled over by a cop who also ends up dead. It is truly a busy hour for cops in New York ...

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As Maurice jumped out of bed and moved to get dressed to the banging of the cops’ knock, Kayla stomped the gas peddle to the metal and took off on screeching tires. She contemplated driving to Harlem, the very borough where the rubber soles of Chef pounded the pavement as he ran from the scene of a murder. Meanwhile, Keith’s girlfriend is killed during the shootout in their home. He took off running from the scene only to be pulled over by a cop who also ends up dead. It is truly a busy hour for cops in New York City’s five boroughs. Strangers to one another, four of the fugitives head to the Port Authority Bus Station and board a bus heading to Atlanta, Georgia. They later pick up Keith in Washington, D.C. As they travel the long road heading south, the fugitives become associated during bus stops and smoke breaks. The obstacle they now face is how they are going to survive.

 

Prodigious and profound author Frank C. Matthews’ triumphant transformation from inmate to novelist has established him as a leading force in the world of urban literature. His unprecedented journey demonstrates that even when confronted with a web of trials and tribulations, creativity has the ability to flourish. A New York City native, he 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. Once incarcerated, he had few options of how to spend his seemingly unending time. Taking advantage of the still and silent nights, he spent hours plunged into two of the world’s most renowned, contemporary African-American storytellers, Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines. The books empowered him and awakened a creative bug to tell the stories locked inside him. While some traded cigarettes, Matthews traded his highly demanded stories, which inmates clung to like emotional life rafts.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780979006906
  • Publisher: FCM Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/1912
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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"The best stories come from everyday life, and I intend to tell those stories"
Prodigious and profound author Frank C. Matthews' triumphant transformation from inmate to novelist has established him as a leading force in the world of urban literature. His unprecedented journey demonstrates that even when confronted with a web of trials and tribulations, creativity has the ability to flourish. 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.
The lure of the streets and its fast money took Matthews away from hoops and into another game-the drug trade-where he found instant success. But a deal gone bad eventually landed him behind bars. Once incarcerated, Matthews had few options of how to spend his seemingly unending time in what felt like a black hole drawing at all happiness. Taking advantage of the still and silent nights, Matthew's spent hours plunged into two of the world's most renowned, contemporary African-American story-tellers, Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines.
The books empowered the now bright-eyed and enthusiastic Matthews and awakened a creative bug to tell the stories locked inside him. "Incarceration transformed me," said Frank. "I went from a young, frustrated, and confused boy to a mature, humble, and pensive man." Much the way Malcolm X used the power of words to transform himself in prison, Frank C. Matthews used the power of the pen to write his way to freedom, real freedom. He found his purpose. He would write his stories in notebooks, on torn-open envelopes, and anything he could get his hands on and would pass them around through the system. While some traded cigarettes, Frank Matthews traded his highly demanded stories, which inmates clung to like emotional life rafts.
Matthews delved into the business of publishing, an industry he now planned to one day master.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    Highly Recommended...Couldn't put it down!!

    I finished the book in 2 days!! You get so involved in the characters and the plot you HAVE to know what happens next!! Frank Matthews does an amazing job with this book and the 'Pulp Fiction' like set-up of the story, where everything starts separate and before you know it its ALL intertwined...simply INCREDIBLE!! A definite must read! Going to buy Respect The Jux now and see what thats all about...Cant wait for Mr. Matthews next release!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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