Trueheart has a kind of 'Officer Friendly' way about him. - Eve Dallas, Survivor in Death[1]

Introduction Edit

Introduced in Conspiracy in Death, working Homicide-Lite with Ellen Bowers.

Descriptions Edit

  • Described as very young, with guileless eyes; All-American looking with long legs; about as grim as a cocker spaniel puppy
  • Caucasian with pale skin
  • "Very cute"
  • An All-American boy, cute as a button in his summer blues.[2]
  • Young and studly[3] with a young hero face.[4] He is sweet and hunky.[5]
  • Trueheart hadn’t shaken off all the green, but he was dependable as sunrise.[6]
  • Lieutenant Dallas describes Trueheart like this, when he receives promotion to detective: “He’s smart, and he’s observant, and has a way of working through a problem thoughtfully. His looks don’t hurt. He looks handsome and homespun, and some people mistake that for him being a soft touch, easy to dupe. He’s not. And he’s got a shiny code of honor”.[7]

Personality Edit

  • Earnest
  • He raises his hand like he's in class.[8]
  • Trueheart, according to Baxter, is a sweet kid.[9]
    • Eager beaver; young but steady, with a good eye.[10]
    • A sweet-natured, happy-to-help kind of guy.[11]
  • Shy[12]
  • He blushes.[13][14]
    • According to Roarke, he almost glows in the dark when he blushes.[15]
  • Baxter said his boy, Trueheart, is a real gentleman.[16]

History Edit

  • Mother is Pauline Trueheart, single parent, tall and slim.
  • Trueheart's father abandoned his family when Troy was a child.[17]
  • Trueheart wanted to be a police officer since he was a child.[7]

On the Job Edit

  • In January 2059, Trueheart states he has been out of the academy for three months,[18] placing his graduation as October or November of 2058 (if the Academy runs a two-year program – Conspiracy in Death). Trueheart would have joined at about age 20/21 as he is 22 years old in Witness in Death (late March 2059).[19]
  • In Witness in Death (late March, 2059), Trueheart thanked Dallas for her assistance in having him transferred from stiff-scooping detail to Central.[20]
    • He is shot and wounded in Witness in Death.[21] Injuries include a gash along the thigh and spinal injuries. He recovers fully.
  • Baxter becomes Trueheart's trainer in July 2059 (Purity in Death).
  • By March 2060, he'd lost a lot of the green he'd had on him when Eve had first seen him on scooper detail.[10]
  • As of June 2060, he was described as young and slightly seasoned.[22]
  • In July 2060 (Indulgence in Death) Baxter judges that Trueheart is almost ready to take the detective exam, although this is fast track. Baxter tells Dallas that Trueheart "needs a little more time".[12]
  • His trainer, Baxter, believes that Trueheart will "make a good detective."[12]
    • Baxter says Trueheart will be a good detective because he's "quick", has "good instincts", and "thinks things through".[12]
    • Baxter believes Trueheart is "made for Homicide" because he sees that every homicide victim is a person, and that he will never lose that, even with time: "he's wired that way".[12]
  • In autumn of 2060, Trueheart shows "good, creative work"[23] in building a color-coded spreadsheet of victims and witnesses during the search for the Red Horse murderer (Delusion in Death).[24]
  • He takes and passes the exam for Detective, third grade, in January 2061.[25][26]
    • After receiving his badge at the promotion ceremony, he "sent Eve a grin that was Christmas morning, the Fourth of July, and New Year’s Eve all in one."[26]

Nicknames Edit

  • Baby Face[27]
  • Officer Danish (to go along with Baxter as "Detective Pig-Eater" as they enjoy a breakfast buffet at Eve's house)[28]
  • Officer Friendly[29]
  • He was given the game Super Street Fighter by Peabody and Dallas while he was in the hospital.[30]

Interesting Facts Edit

  • When he was included in the pursuit of Kenneth Stiles, he was in heaven since he was after a murder suspect with Dallas (he thought she was amazing).[31]
  • Trueheart likes to come to work a little early, so he can "look over yesterday’s work."[10]
  • Right handed
  • Lives thirty-six blocks from Roarke's mansion.
  • In Vegas, he won over five thousand dollars on a slot called Pirate Quest.[32]
  • In summer 2060, Trueheart has a "pretty, shy-eyed girlfriend"[33] named Cassie.[34] They are still dating in December 2060, and Dallas thinks "they must be serious".[35]

References Edit

  1. Survivor in Death (ISBN 0-425-20418-9), p. 61
  2. Remember When (ISBN 0-425-19547-3), p. 310
  3. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 42
  4. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 292
  5. Promises in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15548-2), p. 243
  6. "Eternity in Death", Chapter 8.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Brotherhood in Death (ISBN 978-0425279006), p. 73.
  8. Remember When (ISBN 0-425-19547-3), pp. 324, 425
  9. Divided in Death (ISBN 0-425-19795-6), p. 169
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 146
  11. Strangers in Death, Chapter 22.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Indulgence in Death, Chapter 11.
  13. Promises in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15548-2), p. 247
  14. Strangers in Death, Chapter 20.
  15. Promises in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15548-2), p. 291
  16. Kindred in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15595-6), p. 176
  17. Witness in Death (ISBN 0-425-17363-1), p. 298
  18. Conspiracy in Death (ISBN 0-425-16813-1), p. 16
  19. Witness in Death (ISBN 0-425-17363-1), p. 248
  20. Witness in Death (ISBN 0-425-17363-1), p. 191
  21. Witness in Death (ISBN 0-425-17363-1), p. 245
  22. Kindred in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15595-6), p. 116
  23. Delusion in Death, Chapter 11.
  24. Delusion in Death, Chapter 10.
  25. In Calculated in Death, which takes place in December 2060, Dallas says "when Trueheart takes his detective’s exam next month". Calculated in Death, Chapter 10.
  26. 26.0 26.1 Brotherhood in Death (ISBN 978-0425279006), p. 71.
  27. Creation in Death (ISBN 978-0-425-22102-0), p. 101
  28. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 293
  29. Survivor in Death (ISBN 0-425-20418-9), p. 61
  30. Witness in Death (ISBN 0-425-17363-1), p. 295
  31. Witness in Death (ISBN 0-425-17363-1), p. 241
  32. Promises in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15548-2), p. 291
  33. "Possession in Death", Chapter 1.
  34. "Taken in Death", Chapter 4.
  35. Festive in Death (ISBN 978-0515154156), p. 164.