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From Publishers Weekly

White Heat is a "...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."

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"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 me pages late into the night. I think WH is up there with the best of the LA novels, but has an air authenticity that many lack. Look forward to reading Broken Windows."
--Woody Haut, journalist, author of Neon Noir (Contemporary American Crime Fiction), Pulp Culture (Hardboiled Fiction & the Cold War), 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

"Written in a staccato, noir style as intense as the 1992 L.A. riots, White Heat is a stunning debut novel by L.A. native Paul Marks. It grabs you with the intensity of the riots and keeps the anxiety and tension pushing full-throttle right up to the bittersweet ending. 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, best-selling author of The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists and Fatal Deeds

"The plot was interesting, and full of twists and turns... The characters' interactions, mannerisms, and dialogue also felt realistic. I fell in love with Duke, Jack, and Rita. I also loved Teddie, even though we never met her alive."
--ElizabethBarone.net

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  • File Size: 1948 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
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  • Publisher: Timeless Skies Publishing (May 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SIR8QG
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Paul D. Marks is the author of the SHAMUS AWARD-WINNING mystery-thriller WHITE HEAT. Publishers Weekly calls WHITE HEAT a "taut crime yarn." And Midwest Book Review says "WHITE HEAT is a riveting read of mystery, much recommended." His story HOWLING AT THE MOON is short listed for both this year's (2015) ANTHONY AWARD and MACAVITY AWARD for Best Short Story. It was published in the November 2014 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and came in #7 in their Reader's Poll Award. And he just sold another story, GHOSTS OF BUNKER HILL, to Ellery Queen (publication date to be announced later). His story FADE OUT will be in an upcoming Akashic's Mondays Are Murder in August. And his latest noir-thriller, VORTEX, will be out in early summer, 2015. He is the co-editor of the anthology COAST TO COAST: MURDER FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA, coming in 2015 from Down and Out Books. Paul is also the author of over thirty published short stories in a variety of genres, including several award winners. Five of his stories can be found in the collection LA LATE @ NIGHT. According to Steven Bingen, author of MGM: HOLLYWOOD'S GREATEST BACKLOT, he [Paul] has the distinction, dubious though it might be, of being the last person to have shot a film on the fabled MGM backlot before it bit the dust to make way for condos.

WHITE HEAT CHOSEN AS ONE OF THE BEST FICTION BOOKS OF 2012: Rosa St. Claire at Examiner.com just named White Heat one of the best fiction books of 2012, along with Megan Abbott's Dare Me, Blind Night by Michael W. Sherer, Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson, The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, etc. (examiner.com/review/best-fiction-books-of-2012-and-new-titles-for-2013)

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY says: WHITE HEAT is a "...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."

"WHITE HEAT BY AUTHOR PAUL D. MARKS is in a word, 'Intense'. This is a well-written book that's gripping, captivating and brings back memories of a bad time in L.A." - RJ Parker, True Crime Author, "Top Reviewer/Author"

"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"

"The plot was interesting, and full of twists and turns. Duke's investigation felt realistic... The characters' interactions, mannerisms, and dialogue also felt realistic. I fell in love with Duke, Jack, and Rita. I also loved Teddie, even though we never met her alive." - Elizabeth Barone/Elizabeth Barone Reviews

"White Heat written by Paul D. Marks explodes on the page." - Gayle Bartos-Pool

"'White Heat' is a tough, tersely-written book featuring tough, complicated, and not always lovable characters who might push many readers to the very edge of their comfort zone. But it's honest and it's real, and it doesn't pander to its audience by providing pat or phony answers to the many complex issues it raises." - M2

"Written in a staccato, noir style as intense as the 1992 L.A. riots, White Heat is a stunning debut novel by L.A. native Paul Marks. It grabs you with the intensity of the riots and keeps the anxiety and tension pushing full-throttle right up to the bittersweet ending. 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, best-selling author of The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists and Fatal Deeds

A Los Angeles native, Paul is one of the few people to have pulled a gun on the LAPD and lived to tell about it - see the story on his website: www.PaulDMarks.com

Facebook: If you like Paul's books, please friend him on Facebook: facebook.com/paul.d.marks

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Format: Paperback
It's 1992 and the decision on the Rodney King case is about to become public.

In this noir novel, P.I. Duke Rogers gets a woman's address for a new client who said he was searching for a classmate. Then Duke learns that the so called classmate was a black TV star and the client was a crazed fan who murdered her.

Morally, Duke feels that he must find the man who murdered the actress, Teddie Matson. Duke begins asking questions but becomes involved in the heated racial tensions of East Los Angeles.

When Duke gets to the business of where the brother of the actress worked, the Rodney King decision was announced and the riots began. In a very descriptive part of the story, we witness the racial hatred toward whites, Koreans and any for any form of authority. People are looting and fires are set for anything that will catch fire. Duke becomes threatened but is protected by a kindly, large black man, nicknamed Tiny.

There is a secondary story about a woman named Laurie who is being hounded by a stalker. In her case, the bothersome man is becoming more brazen and, with the riots, the police have their hands full. Not knowing what to do, she turns to Duke for help.

The story is interesting but I would have liked more character development. I never got to know Teddie or much about Laurie in order to develop a sense of sympathy for their situation. In addition, I wondered where Duke's finances were since he was doing all of this work without being paid.

The dialogue is well done and I think fans of Elmore Leonard and Lawrence Block would enjoy this novel but I also would have liked to learn more from some of the black characters as to why they felt such dislike for anyone in authority.

I did find the story entertaining and look forward to reading more from Paul D. Marks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike Thomas on April 15, 2012
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Not hard to tell White Heat is an award winning book. This author created a brilliant story that is so well-written with a great plot. It is packed with suspense, mystery and thrills. The characters are real and likeable. I only wish that I could give it more stars. Great story Mr. Marks.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M2 on April 17, 2012
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Paul D. Marks' debut novel "White Heat" couldn't be better titled, since it burns like a phosphorous bomb, illuminating the mean streets of Los Angeles at a time when they were at their meanest, rawest and most incendiary: during the 1992 riots that tore the city apart after the Rodney King beating verdict. Those of us who lived through that time remember the wounds all too well, and, like the characters in this staggeringly-assured first novel, remain conflicted as to who should actually be blamed for inflicting them. What may be even more remarkable than Marks' evocation of one of LA's most challenging moments is his creation of that rarest of avises, a wholly original P.I. protagonist, in the form of Marion "Duke" Rogers, a former Navy SEAL who struggles to maintain his honor despite a near-crippling guilt complex. If that weren't enough, the author manages to propel his flawed hero into his dangerous, duty-bound quest through one of the most ingenious motives I can remember reading. "White Heat" is a tough, tersely-written book featuring tough, complicated, and not always lovable characters who might push many readers to the very edge of their comfort zone. But it's honest and it's real, and doesn't it doesn't pander to its audience by providing pat or phony answers to the many complex issues it raises. Marks, having already mastered the short story format, proves here that he can shoot with the best of the big guns in the long form. What's the old cliché..."Don't start what you can't finish"? Well, that's good advice to the reader, who should be warned that once you start reading this searing, driving novel, you will be compelled to finish it in one long, satisfying gulp.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By RJ Parker on April 12, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
WHITE HEAT BY AUTHOR PAUL D. MARKS is in a word, 'Intense'. This is a well-written book that's gripping, captivating and brings back memories of a bad time in L.A.

The setting starts with the day the verdict was announced in the beating of Rodney King in April 1992, and the subsequent days after.

Ex-Navy SEAL turned Private-Eye Duke Rogers, is in his office when a man comes in and asks Duke to find a missing person for him. Duke knows it's an easy $250 and a phone call to trace the woman. He didn't know that he would be writing the death sentence for her. The next day, he finds out that the young woman/actress was shot to death. With the guilt eating at him, Duke sets out to find his client/killer. Getting around L.A. isn't easy when half the city is burning, and riots galore. Over the next several days, he searches for who he now calls the 'Weasel', and has to fight off gangs and racial enemies.

This book is packed with action, suspense, a dab of humor at times, and basically all the ingredients needed for a great read. I highly recommend it and look forward to the next installment of Duke Rogers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gayle Bartos-Pool on April 19, 2012
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White Heat written by Paul D. Marks explodes on the page.

Days before the verdict is read in the Rodney King Case in Los Angeles back in the 1992, a weasely little man walks into private detective Duke Rogers office and asks him to locate an old friend, Teddie Matson. The guy is white and Teddie is black, and Los Angeles is just about ready to explode due to racial tensions, but Duke isn't thinking about that, just the $250 he'll make on the easy case.

A few days later Teddie Matson is murdered and Duke's guilt meter is through the roof. Turns out Teddie was a well-known TV actress with her own show. This doesn't make checking into her death any easier.

But there are a lot more reasons hunting down her killer is going to be a lot more difficult. First, the verdict is in on the Rodney King Case and Los Angeles is going up in flames. The area hardest hit is right where Teddie's family lives. And Duke, being a white man, isn't wanted in South Central L.A.

Teddie's mother doesn't chew his head off when he makes inquiries, but Teddie's brother has been schooled in hating whitey and he would rather beat Duke up than talk to him.

But there is another guy, Tiny, a friend of the family, who is a little easier to talk to. Tiny gets beaten to a pulp for just talking with Duke. The rules are strict in South Central and you better play by them.

But Duke doesn't play games. He gets Tiny to a hospital and heads back into the pit to find the killer. Along the way he discovers that another young woman was stalked by somebody a while back and the pattern sounds awfully familiar.
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