Winner of the 2013 Shamus Award for Best Indie PI Novel!
PI Duke Rogers finds himself in a combustible situation in this racially charged thriller. His case might have to wait…
The immediate problem: getting out of South Central Los Angeles in one piece during the 1992 “Rodney King” riots and that’s just the beginning of his problems.
Duke finds an old “friend” for a client. The client’s “friend,” an up and coming African-American actress, ends up dead. Duke knows his client did it. Feeling guilty that he inadvertently helped the killer find the victim, he wants to track down the client/killer. He starts his mission by going to the dead actress’ family in South Central L.A.—and while there the “Rodney King” riots ignite.
While Duke searches for the killer he must also deal with the racism of his partner, Jack, and from Warren, the murder victim’s brother, who is a mirror image of Jack in that department. He must also confront his own possible latent racism—even as he’s in an interracial relationship with the dead woman’s sister.
Praise for WHITE HEAT:
“…taut crime yarn set in 1992 against the turmoil of the Los Angeles riots that followed the acquittal of the police officers charged with assaulting motorist Rodney King…. the author ably evokes the chaos that erupted after the Rodney King verdict.” —Publishers Weekly
“White Heat is a riveting read of mystery, much recommended.” —Midwest Book Review
“[White Heat] really caught early 90s’ LA, in all its sordid glory. And had me turning pages late into the night. I think WH is up there with the best of the LA novels, but has an air of authenticity that many lack.” —Woody Haut, journalist, author of Neon Noir: Contemporary American Crime Fiction, Pulp Culture: Hardboiled Fiction & the Cold War, and Heartbreak and Vine: The Fate of Hardboiled Writers in Hollywood
“Expect the unexpected…in an action-walloping award-winner of harrowing twists and turns…” —Gordon Hauptfleisch, Seattle Post Intelligencer and BlogCritics.org
“A gripping tale of prejudice and deceit, set against the tumultuous backdrop of the 1992 L.A. riots. White Heat is all the title promises it to be.” —Darrell James, award-winning author of Nazareth Child and Sonora Crossing
“Written in a staccato, noir style as intense as the 1992 LA riots, White Heat is a stunning debut novel. It grabs you with the intensity of the riots and keeps the anxiety and tension pushing full-throttle right up to the bittersweet ending. White Heat is a hard-hitting, noir detective thriller that also deals with tough issues like racism, the ‘diversity’ of racism, and the human condition.” —Andrew McAleer, bestselling author of 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists and Fatal Deeds
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
White Heat is the brutally biting debut novel of author Paul D. Marks that pulls no punches as he introduces his ex-Navy SEAL and currently independent Private Investigator Marion “Duke” Rogers. Rogers’ story evolves during a very turbulent era in Los Angeles history. We revisit a time in which neighborhoods are torn open and racial consciousness runs hot, leaving in its wake a shrapnel littered shell resembling the aftermath of a roadside bomb. Duke finds himself caught amongst the masses at the release of the verdict in the Rodney King trial as his one act of nonchalance may just cost him everything. While still trying to come to grips with his own personal demons, somehow Duke must make amends and right the wrong, even if one is the wiser, for although unintentional, an act of violence was the result of his action. Duke is determined to follow wherever the sparse clues lead regardless of the dangers in the volatile city which surrounds him. Working against the clock under the pressure of an imposed deadline which threatens to expose all to the local authorities Duke must buy time to solve this case but will the unlikely associations along the way help of hinder his mission. A story delivered with a straight from the hip view of the times. White Heat will keep you engaged until the final page is turned.
Private Investigator Duke Rogers finds himself right in the middle of the 1992 race riots after the beating of Rodney King by police officers was caught on tape in Los Angeles. He's already doubting himself after unknowingly tracking down a woman's address for a man who stalked and finally murdered her. Living is dangerous and even more so when civility is tossed out the window.