Nicholas Frank’s “Destructive Justice.” Nothing about Nathan Frank’s childhood hints at the devastating future that lay ahead. The popular son of a middle class family, Nathan is a generous, intelligent and inventive kid with an extraordinary future. However, Nathan’s world begins to unravel when his adolescence becomes a runaway train of drug abuse, delinquency and ultimately membership in a criminal street gang.
Nicholas Frank is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And he wants your help deciding his book cover.
By all accounts, Nathan Frank was a terrific kid with the brightest of futures ahead of him. With the advent of adolescence, however, Nathan’s world and his relationships begin to unravel. No matter which way he turns, he seems to find conflict. Eventually, with his powerful personality, he becomes his own generator of conflict as he steadily enters a world of drugs, defiance and ultimately a criminal street gang. Finally, he runs off the rails at full throttle, coming to a hard stop at seventeen years old when he is arrested for his participation in a botched robbery.
With his arrest, Nathan is swept into a justice system of condemnation and ruination for those who enter its control. There, the fact that he is a troubled teen means nothing – maybe less than nothing. Nathan is tried as an adult and sentenced to multiple life terms for his crimes. So at seventeen, he enters a world where exploitation, violence and abject hopelessness reign. Forgiveness, rehabilitation, redemption have little to no place in the world created by our justice and corrections system.
By all logic, Nathan should be crushed by his fate. He very nearly is. But, the man Nathan becomes, a man who finds his strength in fundamentally good qualities that he suppressed for so many years, will not be crushed. Somehow, in one of the worst places on earth, he rediscovers the best parts of himself. Destructive Justice follows Nathan from the great promise of his earliest years, to the great tragedy of his adolescence, to the small light of hope for an even greater redemption.
About the Author
Nicholas Frank is the epitome of an ordinary guy, except he and his family have lived through most extraordinary events. Those events serve as the inspiration for this, his first and perhaps only book. He lives with his beautiful wife in Southern California.
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