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The People's Detective


When investigative journalist and Black Lives Matter activist Aurora Jenkins gets to close too the truth about sex trafficking and the unsolved disappearances of young Black, Latina, Asian American, and Indigenous women from the streets of Oakland, California, a powerful alliance of organized crime, corrupt police, and elites kidnap her and seek to suppress her story.  Sonny Trueheart, a former Oakland Police Department homicide detective and whistleblower, burdened by alcoholism and the ghosts of his past, is called to investigate Aurora’s kidnapping and the facts behind her story. Together with his former martial arts teacher, a Bahamian human rights advocate, and an old friend with a propensity for gratuitous sex and violence, Sonny uncovers a vast criminal conspiracy. Armed with little more than his intuition, a snub nose revolver, and a willingness to break the law in order to bring justice, Sonny Trueheart emerges as a symbol of revolutionary awakening in the Black communities of Oakland, California.  


The People’s Detective brings to light the under-reported stories of sex trafficking in the Bay Area and adds a distinctly Oakland aesthetic, martial arts mayhem, and the thrill of a bank heist to the ethos of the noir detective genre. It is the first installment in the Sonny Trueheart Mystery series.



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Listen to The People’s Detective Spotify and Apple Music Playlist

Immerse in The People’s Detective journey with our Spotify and Apple Music playlist. Designed for each chapter, it enhances the storytelling experience, reflecting humor and love in the story. Dive into this harmonious blend of words and sound for a unique literary experience.

1. The End of Misogynoir

Ben Harper - “The Will to Live”

2. The People’s Detective

Anthony Hamilton - “Comin’ From I’m From”

3. Cargo

The Specials – “Gangsters”

4. Traffick

Steel Pulse - “Human Trafficking”

5. Ghost in the Machine

The Police – “Spirits in the Material World”

6. The Segregated Illuminati

Makaveli / Tupac Shakur – “White Man’z World”

7. The Onanist

Chuck Berry - “My Ding-a-Ling

8. Backstabbers

The O’Jays – “Backstabbers”

9. Aaminha

India Arie – “Video”

10. Captivity

Bob Marley - “Soul Captives”

11. Trouble Man

Marvin Gaye - “Trouble Man”

12. Old Man Kaz

Robert Cray - “I’m A Good Man”

13. The Young Detective

Steely Dan – “With a Gun”

14. The Arrangement

Too $hort – “Blow the Whistle”

15. Brother Malik

Prince – “Gigolos Get Lonely Too”

16. Afro Samurai

Joe James - “Afro Samurai”

17. Trans Lives Matter

Jorja Smith - “Bussdown”

18. Oaksterdam

Funkadelic - “Maggot Brain”

19. Blues and Bruise

Amy Winehouse - “You Know That I’m No Good”

20. Raising the Dead

Bhi Bhiman - “Guttersnipe”

22. Sexual Healing

Marvin Gaye “Sexual Healing”

23. Journalist, Councilman, and Traitor

The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy -“Music and Politics”

24. The Mistress and the Benefactress

The Ohio Players – “Fire”

25. Escape

Ritchie Havens - “Follow the Drinkin’ Gourd”

26. Straighten Up and Fly Right

Nat King Cole - “Straighten Up and Fly Right”

27. The Bardo

Isley Brothers – “Footsteps in the Dark”

28. The Kingston 11

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Burnin’ and Lootin’

29. Hunger Strike

The Temptations – “Message from a Black Man”

30. Reconnaissance

O’Jays – “For the Love of Money”

31. Smoke and Mirrors

Jimi Hendrix – “Fire”

32. Acrophobia

A Tribe Called Quest – “Check the Rhime”

33. Game of Death

Carl Douglass - “Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting”

34. Recruited

Sade – “Feel No Pain”

35. Black is the Color

Nina Simone – “Black is the Color”

36. Heist

Celly Cel – “It’s Goin’ Down Tonight”

37. Slave to the Rhythm

Grace Jones – “Slave to the Rhythm;” andIggy and the Stooges - “Search and Destroy

38. Gimme the Goods

Boz Scaggs – “Gimme the Goods”

39. Fight

Erykah Badu - “Soldier”

40. Wretched of the Earth

Sade – “Soldier of Love”

41. Exposure

The Black Tones – “The End of Everything”

42. Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night

Jimi Hendrix - "1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)"

43. Requiem for a Mistress

Velvet Underground – “Venus in Furs”

44. Do It Again

Steely Dan – “Do It Again”

45. I’m Your Momma, I’m Your Daddy

Curtis Mayfield – “Pusherman”

46. The Trickster

Bobby Womack – “Across 110th St.” Richie Rich - “Let’s Ride”

47. Did You Think I’d Forgotten

The Isley Brothers – “Fight the Power”

48. Epilogue: The People’s Detective (Slight Return)

Jimi Hendrix “Voodoo Chile” (Slight Return)

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Dr. Nicholas Louis Baham III, Ph.D. is a Professor of Ethnic Studies at California State University, East Bay and an internationally recognized scholar of Black Studies. He has appeared in such wide-ranging publications and media outlets as Esquire magazine; BBC world service documentary films; KPFA, KALW, and KPOO public radio; Austrian Public Radio; Canadian SexTV; Project Censored Radio; and BET.


The People’s Detective series is Dr. Baham’s ode to Oakland, California and is a fictional account of many of the issues that he teaches in the classroom and features on his podcasts and media appearances, including the unreported stories of the sex trafficking of young women of color in the Bay Area, class conflict within Black communities, gentrification, and corporate corruption. Forthcoming People’s Detective titles will deal with topics ranging from homelessness to crime in the post-COVID era. Dr. Baham lives in Oakland, California.

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