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

Arson Case 3: House of Sticks

Investigation: California Fire & Life • Interrogation: Elsa Lichtmann • Investigation: Elysian Fields Site • Investigation: Demolished House • Investigation: Keystone Film Studios • Investigation: Eysian Fields Site Two 

Investigation: California Fire & Life

Look over Elsa's settlement letter to add it to your list of clues.

Next, look over the case file. Flip past the property slip and read through the accident report to add it to evidence.

Interrogation: Elsa Lichtmann

Ask Elsa bout the Disputed claim payout, and she'll give you an answer that you should respond to with Doubt.

Next, ask about her Connection to Buchwalter. Again, Doubt's the way to go.

Finally, ask about her Motive for dispute. This time, she'll give you the Truth.

Investigation: Elysian Fields Site

Head into the office and check the desk just past the door. There, you'll find a delivery receipt.

Next, check the other desk (where you found the memo in A Walk in Elysian Fields).

Here, you'll find an order-of-demolition letter...

... as well as another suspcious memo from Elysian Fields.

Investigation: Demolished House

After the fight, jog or drive over to the nearby demolished house site. All points of interest here are indicated by red flags.

Take a look at the one shown above, and you'll find some suspiciously flimsy-looking timber.

However, the only area you actually need to check is around the back of the wreck, where the arrow below is pointing:

Here, you'll be able to pick up and examine a few different broken timbers.

Choose the one on the bottom.

Match it up with the jagged hunk of wood on your left, and you'll have your next destination.

After the bulldozer minigame, use the nearby gamewell to get an address for Keystone.

Investigation: Keystone Film Studios

After the guard takes a powder, vault over the studio's front gate and keep an eye out to your left until you find the screening room.

Inside, look on the table to your right for a film canister.

It'll be empty. Naturally. Now where's that film?

It's in the projector (in the leather case), so go open it up.

Once the projector starts, you'll be confronted with two dials that control focus and speed, as well as a switch that controls the direction of the film.

Adjust them until the movie's understandable. Their final positions should look like this:

Before you leave the site, jump back over the front gates and then look across from the guard house to see a few piles of lumber. Hop the fence to get over to them.

First, check this pile:

There, you'll find a lumber delivery receipt for your clue index.

Next, check this pile, across the yard from the first one:

Here, you'll find a warning label identifying the wood as inferior.

Before you leave, use the phone in the guard station.

Investigation: Elysian Fields Site Two

There are a couple points of interest in the unfinished house (none of them necessary), but if you want, check out the lightswitch shown below, and the plumbing in the kitchen sink. Then head upstairs and get ready for a fight (which you will lose).

After getting a car, get ready to be chased. Drive aggressively and try to crash your pursuers off the road, and then make your way to the yellow flag once they're all .gone to finish the case.

Next page: A Polite Invitation 

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  • 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.