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L.A. Noire five-star walkthrough and newspaper guide

Vice Case 2: The Set Up

Investigation: American Legion stadium • Newspaper 8 • Investigation: Hotel El Mar • Investigation: Aleve Motel • Interrogation: Candy Edwards • Tailing Candy • Investigation: Thrifty Liquor • Investigation: Examiner Drugstore • Ray's Bookmakers • Investigation: Interstate Bus Depot 


Investigation: American Legion stadium

When you regain control, head over to Hammond's locker (second from the pinboard) and open it up.

Inside, you'll find a roll of tape, which is useless, and a list of bookies' odds and a phone number, which are important clues. Pick it up and examine it.


Newspaper 8

Not far from the lockers are a couple of massage tables; the next paper is sitting on the one to the left in the image below:

Before you leave the stadium, use one of the payphones to follow up on the phone number in the locker.


Investigation: Hotel El Mar

At the front desk, you'll be handed a guestbook. Find the name Winston Churchill and tap on it.

In Hammond's room, start by checking the wastebasket near the door. 

Inside, you'll find a discarded telegram. Read it.

Next, check the dresser by the wastebasket.

There, you'll find part of a movie ticket (and a box of chocolates, which is irrelevant).

After that, check out the open magazine on the table.

Tap on the coupon in he lower right-hand corner for your next clue.

Finally, head over to the night table shown below:

There you'll find a list of bookmakers' payouts to log into your clue list.


Investigation: Aleve Motel

Talk to the clerk at the front desk to get directions to Candy's room, then jog over there.

After the fight, check out Carlo's left inside pocket for a nasty surprise.


Above: For some reason, you then put this back where you found it

Next, check his right pocket for a list of bookies that corresponds to the one you found in Hammond's locker.

Once you're done searching Carlo, look over on the dresser.

Here, you'll find a ticket to exciting Akron, Ohio...

... and a postcard for the trans-Atlantic Cunard Line.


Interrogation: Candy Edwards

When Candy comes to, ask her about the Whereabouts of Hammond. Unsurprisingly, she'll Lie.

Show her the Magazine coupon to prove you know where she was.

Next, ask her about the List of odds recovered.

Counter her deceit with either the Bookmakers' odds or the Bookmakers' payouts.

Finally, ask about her Plans to leave town. This time, you should Doubt her statement.


Tailing Candy

Following Candy can be a little excruciating, but you don't really need our help for it. However, if you're interested in getting The Moose Achievement/Trophy (15G/Bronze), you should know that, although the game repeatedly tells you to take cover, all you really need to do is keep your distance and make sure there'salways something standing between you and Candy's line of sight. So long as you can do that, you'll never actually have to hit the "cover" button, and you should earn The Moose in no time.


Investigation: Thrifty Liquor

After talking to the bookie, head over to the pay phone on the wall.

Once there, use the pencil on the notepad to reveal her next destination.


Investigation: Examiner Drugstore

Here, the bookie will direct you to a cab company's calling card by the phone. It's sitting on top of the little radio set.

Immediately use the phone to put a trace on the cab.

Finally, head back over to the bookie and talk to him before leaving.


Ray's Bookmakers

When you head to Ray's, you'll immediately be thrust into another excruciating tailing sequence. Just don't get too close to the cab, hit your siren or cause too much destruction, and you'll be fine.


Investigation: Interstate Bus Depot

After tailing Candy's cab to the depot, head inside and remain hidden from her while she wanders around. Wait for her to head into the restroom, and when you hear a scream and a shot, kick down the door.

After the cutscene, all you'll need to do is check the handbag and gun laying on the floor.

Examine the gun, and note that only one shot was fired.

Next, pick up the movie ticket for your next destination.

After you've finished up at the bus stop, head to the Egyptian Theatre for the case's big finale.

Next page: Manifest Destiny 

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43 comments

  • Link_2666 - March 8, 2014 2:17 p.m.

    To anyone asking, they probably didn't include DLC cases because either 1) it wasn't out at the time and/or 2) five-starring the DLC cases isn't required for the 'Sheamus to the stars' achievement/trophy. Also, if you're having any trouble at all with five-starring anything, turn off the clue hints and action skipping in the options menu. Doing this will automatically boost your rating by 2 stars. I'm surprised they didn't mention it in the guide. Also, to the guy below me, the game was made to be linear because that's how the mood is set. You're playing a good cop upholding the law. The only way they could really open anything up would be to create a GTA-like free roam. In which case...just go play GTA. I realize the game itself does have free roam, but that's mostly for street crimes and collectibles. I personally enjoy the classic 1940s vibe and style in the game. It's just really cool to finally be able to play a game set in that era and with that sort of atmosphere.
  • SLee - July 24, 2013 8:02 a.m.

    "L.A. Noire isn’t really the sort of game you can play through once and be done with." I disagree. It is linear to a fault.
  • hal-walter - August 17, 2012 3:50 p.m.

    Thanks for this walkthrough. It simple and straight to the point.
  • larppinen - January 8, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    oouh sorry i see now :)
  • larppinen - January 8, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    A Marriage Made in Heaven i press that nothing happen wtf?????? just first case comes nothing else
  • scott-vickers-heffernan - November 11, 2011 8:06 a.m.

    after following the guide to the letter for some reason The Fallen Idol will NOT unlock for me. I have 5 star ratings on the previous two cases. Anyone have advice?
  • Zepaw - August 6, 2011 4:51 p.m.

    Thanks for the great guide. I could have played the game 50 times and not have gotten all the interviews correct.
  • batmanboy11 - July 28, 2011 2:51 a.m.

    This was very helpful! Great work again, Mikel.
  • batmanboy11 - July 6, 2011 7:33 a.m.

    This is really helpful. Thanks, Mikel!
  • onion - June 22, 2011 12:41 p.m.

    Superlative work lads. Well done.
  • GamesRadarMikelReparaz - June 17, 2011 9:58 p.m.

    @BLOODmuffins: Neither one of them did it. If you did everything else right, though, you should have gotten five stars for charging Rooney.
  • BLOODmuffins - June 15, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    I charged Rooney in The Golden Butterfly and but only got three stars because Moller did it
  • LaiskaPummi - June 2, 2011 11:35 a.m.

    Okay. I am currently replaying the white shoe slaying case (for the 3rd time) and I received the call about the sailor. For anyone else with this problem DO NOT GO TO HOBO CAMP when you first find out about it.
  • LaiskaPummi - June 2, 2011 11:06 a.m.

    I need help with WHite Shoe Slaying! I didn't get the message that the Sailor is at the Central station. I checked and he wasn't there. Case objectives told me to Locate Sailor! Only thing I did different was that I visited the Hobo Camp right after investigating the crime scene. And I even couldn't use the phone to check for messages. Only message that I got was about the yellow cab.
  • porjos - June 1, 2011 12:15 p.m.

    This walkthrough is a humdinger, and you've given me a third wind to play the game :) Thanks Mikel
  • GamesRadarMikelReparaz - June 1, 2011 3:25 a.m.

    @Austin_SJ: You're absolutely right. It's fixed now; thanks for pointing it out.
  • Austin_SJ - May 31, 2011 9:42 p.m.

    That apostrophe is in the wrong place for Steffans. WHY IS THERE NO EDIT POST FUNCTION?
  • Austin_SJ - May 31, 2011 9:40 p.m.

    Hey Mikel you've missed the second question from the Don Steffan's interview in "The Gas Man" case. The topic is suburban redevelopment fund and the answer is doubt.
  • sickyota - May 31, 2011 9:11 a.m.

    Thanks for the info Mikel! I finished The Naked City :D once again, great guide/walkthrough, you guys worked really hard on it!
  • GamesRadarMikelReparaz - May 31, 2011 8:43 a.m.

    @sickyota: The Naked City and Slip of the Tongue are both downloadable pre-order bonuses, which Rockstar didn't give us. As soon as we can get our hands on them, though, we'll either add them to this guide, or do a new one for DLC cases. Ditto for The Consul's Car on PS3, which is effectively delayed until the PSN store comes back online.

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