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

Arson Case 4: A Polite Invitation

Investigation: Curtis Benson's apartment • Interrogation: Curtis Benson • Investigation: California Fire & Life • Investigation: Hall of Records • Investigation: Leland Monroe's Office • Newspaper 11


Investigation: Curtis Benson's apartment

After leaving the hospital and heading to Benson's place, check the mailboxes out front to verify which apartment is his.

Inside, there are two places you need to check, both of them behind where Benson is sitting.

First, look on his desk.

There you'll find an insurance agreement between California Fire & Life and Elysian Fields.

Next, look on the dining table next to the desk for a folder containing stock certificates.

Be sure to flip through them all to get the clue to register.

You've found all the clues, but there's one more nasty surprise that'll let you know what kind of person you're dealing with. To find it, just open the bedroom doors, shown below:


Interrogation: Curtis Benson

Ask Benson about his Motive for fraud, and he'll Lie to your face.

Show him you mean business with the Share certificate.

Next, he'll try to Lie when you ask him about Suburban Redevelopment.

This time, flash the Insurance agreement his way.

Finally, ask him about the Buchwalter case settlement. This time, Doubt his reply.


Investigation: California Fire & Life

Follow the directions up to the office, and then check the case file on the desk.

This time, tap on the latitude/longitude blurb on the upper-right corner of the blueprints...

... and on the valuation line of the property slip.


Investigation: Hall of Records

Follow the guard's directions up to the Land Registry Office; look for the open door on the second level.

Talk to the clerk, and he'll lead you over to the bookcase marked "S." Search it.

You'll pull out a ledger of company records; flip forward to find the Suburban Redevelopment Fund.

Tap the entry, and then tap Courtney Sheldon's name at the bottom of the list.

Next, the clerk will lead you over to a searchable map table.

Using the analog sticks, set the coordinates to latitude 34-04-29, and longitude 118-17-58.

Next comes the most excruciatingly unnecessary, needlessly complicated and slowest "puzzle" in the entire game. Walk over to where the clerk is standing and examine the adding machine.

Punch in 1876988, then hit the division key...

... then, punch in 90,000, and turn the crank to get 20.

20 corresponds to the 21st letter of the alphabet (since A is counted as zero). So head over to the shelves marked "U."

Search the ledger you pull out until you find 1876988, and tap on the entry. Then get ready for a gunfight, which after that last puzzle should feel like a nice little reward.


Investigation: Leland Monroe's Office

Once you're free to search, head over to Monroe's safe on the right.

Grab the little notebook on the bottom right to see a list of who's on the take from Monroe.


Above: Why, hello, Roy!

Next, examine the pile of blank stock certificates...

... and, finally, the folder on the top shelf to read a report on Dr. Harlan Fontaine.

Next, take a look at the folder on Monroe's desk.

Open the folder and tap on the names Steffens, Sawyer and Morelli.


Newspaper 11

Finally, turn around and look on the credenza opposite the desk. There, you'll find the next newspaper.

You'll also find a photo of the Suburban Redevelopment Fund. Pick it up and take a good look to end the case. 

Next page: The story draws to a close with A Different Kind of War

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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