Reviews of White Heat (2012)
Review by michael a draper (2012-07-13)
In this noir novel, P.I. Duke Rogers is asked to find a classmate for a new client. Duke gets the woman's address and gives it to his client, only to learn that the so called classmate was a TV star and the "client" was a crazed fan who later killed her.
Duke feels he must find the murderer of the actress, Teddie Matson, a black woman. Duke starts asking questions but it is the time of the Rodney King decision and racial tensions are at their worst.
When Duke gets to the home of the family of the deceased woman, the decision has been made and riots began. In a very descriptive part of the story, we witness the racial hatred toward whites, Koreans and any form of authority. People are looting and setting fires to anything that will burn.
There is a secondary story about a woman named Laurie Hamilton who is being bothered by a stalker. The bothersome man is becoming more brazen and, with the riots, the police have their hands full. Laurie doesn't know what to do and turns to Duke for help.
The author has told an interesting story but I would have liked more character development. I would have liked to know more about Teddie and Laurie in order to develop more sympathy for their situation. I would also have liked to know more about some of the black characters to understand their hatred.
The dialogue was well done and fans of Elmore Leonard and Lawrence Block should enjoy this story. I look forward to more from Paul D. Marks.
(This review refers to the 2012 version titled “White Heat”)