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

Arson Case 1: The Gas Man

Investigation: Steffens House Fire • Interrogation:  Don Steffens • Investigation: Sawyer House Fire • Investigation: Gulliver's Travel Agency • Interrogation: John Cunningham • Investigation: Suburban Redevelopment • Investigation: Fire Station No. 32 • Interrogation: Ivan Rasic • Investigation: InstaHeat Factory • Chasing Reginald Varley • Interrogation: Walter Clemens • Chasing Matthew Ryan • Interrogation: Reginald Varley • Interrogation: Matthew Ryan

Investigation: Steffens House Fire

There's really only one piece of evidence laying around here: the InstaHeat water heater, which you'llf find along the side of the house, near its fence.

Examine it to open it up.

Take note of the name Matthew Ryan on the service list inside.

Next, talk to Don Steffens, who'll show you his ticket from Gulliver's Travel Agency.

Interrogation: Don Steffens

Ask Don about the Travel competition, and he'll tell the Truth. That was easy.

Next, ask him about Suburban Redevelopment. This time, Doubt his answer.

Before you leave, trot over to the nearby gamewell to get an address for the Suburban Redevelopment Fund.

Investigation: Sawyer House Fire

Before you go to either Gulliver's or the SRF, finish your rounds and visit the other house fire. Start by taking a look at the bodies.

Next, wander over to the side of the house, as shown below, and investigate the blue thing laying there.

Pick it up to find out that it's an InstaHeat regulator valve.

Shortly afterward, you'll end up chasing suspect Herbert Chapman, who's got a cigarette-and-matchbook firestarting device on his person. You'd think he'd be smart enough to detach one from the other while he was running, but no.

Investigation: Gulliver's Travel Agency

When you enter Gulliver's, you'll be shown a ledger. Tap on the entries for Steffens and Sawyer.

Interrogation: John Cunningham

Ask John about Suburban Redevelopment, and he'll tell the Truth.

Ask him about the Promotional travel contest, however, and his response will merit Doubt.

Investigation: Suburban Redevelopment

After you arrive at the "Suburban Redevelopment" office, walk inside and look on the desk pictured below:

You'll find a memo that hints at some pretty shady nonsense on Elysian's end.

Investigation: Fire Station No. 32

Start by examining the heater from the Sawyer house fire, and note the name Reginald Varley on its service list.

Next, you'll be given a little puzzle by Lynch. Arrange the pieces as shown below:

Interrogation: Ivan Rasic

At the InstaHeat Factory, ask Rasic about the InstaHeat Model 70, and you'll get a response that merits Doubt.

Ask him about the Heater service history, though, and he'll Lie to your face.

Show him either the Heater serviced by Ryan or the Heater serviced by Varley to show that you've had enough of his little game.

After that, Rasic will hand over a list of technicians employed by InstaHeat.

Investigation: InstaHeat Factory

After your chat with Rasic, get up and use his phone.

Once you're done, immediately sit back down and talk to Rasic again to make him show you to his employees' lockers.

Start with Walter Clemens' locker, on the left.

Inside, you'll find an anarchist pamphlet and nothing else of interest.

Next, check out Matthew Ryan's locker.

Wow, a whole bunch of anarchist pamphlets! Pick one up to add it to evidence.

Finally, check Reginald Varley's locker.

Inside, you'll find a box of Moz-Kill coils. Be sure to take the strips out of the box, or else they won't be counted as a clue.

Chasing Reginald Varley

When you visit Varley's work site, he'll flee on foot. You could chase and tackle him by normal means, but if you haven't already snagged the Not So Hasty Achievement/Trophy (15G/Bronze), this is a great opportunity to stop him with a warning shot (although keeping the reticule on him is a challenge).

Interrogation: Walter Clemens

Ask Pete Campbell Walter about his Knowledge of Varley, and he'll respond with such smugness that Doubt is the only possible response.

Next, ask about his Employment with InstaHeat. Again, Doubt his response.

Finally, ask about his Knowledge of Ryan. This time, he'll Lie.

Confront him with Clemens' anarchist pamphlet to make him come clean.

Chasing Matthew Ryan

Another chase erupts when you visit Ryan's work site, this time with cars. The usual rules apply; keep your siren on and try not to rack up too much damage as you take down Ryan's van, and you'll be fine.

Interrogation: Reginald Varley

Ask Varley about his Work at Sawyer residence, and he'll Lie about it.

Show him the Heater serviced by Varley to prove that you're not as stupid as he thinks.

Next, ask about Suburban Redevelopment, and he'll Lie again.

This time, Walter Clemens' statement will break down his deceit.

Finally, ask him about the InstaHeat Model 70, and he'll Lie again.

Show him the Mosquito coils to conclude the interview. And while it may be tempting, DON'T charge him!


Interrogation: Matthew Ryan

Ask Matthew about his Anarchist literature, and he'll Lie.

Show him the mountains of Ryan's anarchist pamphlets you found to counter his clever ruse.

Ask him about the InstaHeat Model 70, and he'll Lie again.

Your response should be to throw Ivan Rasic's statement in his face.

Next, ask about Suburban Redevelopment. This time, respond to his statement with Doubt.

Finally, ask about his Attempted murder charge, and once again, your answer should be Doubt.

At this point, you could charge either Varley or Ryan, but only by locking up Ryan will you get a five-star rating. Do it and the case is over.

Next page: A Walk in Elysian Fields 


  • 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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