"Blood in the Streets : Racism, Riots and Murders in the Heartland of America", was released in January, 2014.  It is a true crime novel, based on actual events. The story covers one of the most violent periods in American history when urban violence and racial unrest spread through the country and Dayton, Ohio from 1965 through 1975. 

The authors grew up in Dayton and used their experiences and research to write the story. Daniel L. Baker, a Dayton Police officer and homicide detective, worked the streets during the era.  Gwen Nalls attended segregated public schools and grew up on Dayton's West Side, which was described in 1966 by the Dayton Daily News as the city's  "major Negro ghetto, 80% black."

The story weaves its way through pervasive racial discrimination and tension that exploded into three riots in Dayton.  The riot in 1966 required 1000 Ohio National Guardsmen to help quell violence and destruction.

In 1972,  black citizens and the NAACP filed a lawsuit in U.S. Federal District Court to force an end to segregation and discrimination in Dayton Public Schools. The case reached  the U. S. Supreme Court. Tension and hatred rose to the breaking point when a white male vigilante began shooting black men at random on the streets of the ghetto. He strove to stop integration and terrorized the West Side for four summers as he evaded detection.

In 1975, Homicide Detective Baker and his partner came face to face with the killer at the scene of a murder.  Readers travel with the police, 'back in the day' through violent and heart wrenching scenes when policing was low-tech, rough and gritty.  The book is written in a journalistic style and eventually tells how black and white citizens worked to heal the wounded city.

Lt. Baker was a member of the DPD for 25 years and commanded the Violent Crime Detective Bureau and Hostage Negotiation Team.  Gwen Nalls is a licensed attorney in the State of Ohio.  Both graduated from Sinclair College and the University of Dayton.  Gwen also graduated from Central Michigan University and Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.

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