Praise for White Heat

Praise for White Heat:

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."

— 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 me 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. 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 an action-walloping award-winner of harrowing twists and turns..."

— Gordon Hauptfleisch - Seattle Post Intelligencer and

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 LA riots, White Heat is a stunning debut novel by LA native Paul Marks. It grabs you with he 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 the
Highly Successful Novelists"
"Fatal Deeds"

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Rosa St. Claire at just named my novel White Heat ONE OF THE BEST FICTION BOOKS of 2012, along with Megan Abbott's Dare MeBlind Night by Michael W. Sherer, Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson, The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling and a handful of others. I'm honored to be included with these great writers.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

La Crescenta Library Event – July 2012

Ashley Ream & Paul Marks
Join Paul, Sue Ann Jaffarian (author of the Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery series and the Madison Rose Vampire Mystery series, and Michael Mallory (author of The Mural and the Amelia Watson Mystery series) for a panel/discussion on "Things That Go Bump in the Night".

When:  Saturday, July 28, 2012, 2:00 PM
Where: La Crescenta Library
            2809 Foothill Blvd.
            La Crescenta CA,  91214

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

RJ Parker: TRIPLE PROMOTION - May 23-24

Check out RJ Parker's blog for details on a special promotion for WHITE HEAT, Bernard DeLeo's HARD CASE and RJ's book UNSOLVED SERIAL KILLINGS.

RJ Parker: TRIPLE PROMOTION - May 23-24: On May 23 and 24,  Unsolved Serial Killings  will be FREE. This book is currently #5 in Criminals in the Top 100 and it's only the second time I've put this book up for free in the Kindle Store.

Also on those two days, my good friend and author, Paul Marks will have his *New Release* White Heat FREE in the Kindle Store. If you haven't read this book, it is quite the read. Here is my Review of White Heat

Another good friend, mechanic, author and I think CIA operative but I'm not sure LOL Bernard DeLeo just released a new book through RJ Parker Publishing called HARD CASE this book will knock your socks off. It's packed with action and DeLeo's usual dash of humor and bantering.

Here's the deal ... When you purchase *HARD CASE* on May 23 or May 24, email the Amazon receipt to RJ Parker's Email and he will GIFT you a FREE digital book from the Kindle Store that you choose by either of the following authors:

Please share this blog with your friends and on Facebook, thanks so much... RJ

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


"The plot was interesting, and full of twists and turns. Duke’s investigation felt realistic, even when he was chasing down people like a cop. 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.

The scenes between Duke and Rita were steamy, without really being overly descriptive. Marks has a knack for language and description. It was a refreshing change from novelists who try to make sex scenes so sexy that it reads like erotica.

I had a lot of fun with White Heat. It was riveting, sexy, and provocative. The best part of this novel? There’s a sequel (due out in November 2012)."

(Thank you, Elizabeth.  Glad you liked it.)

-----See the full review at:

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Los Times Times Festival of Books at USC

Paul Marks will be signing WHITE HEAT at the LA Times Festival of Books on Sunday, April 22, 2012, at the Sisters in Crime Booth.  Hope to see you there.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

White Heat Novel Release

White Heat is due to be released on April 24th.

Taking place during the 1992 "Rodney King" riots in Los Angeles, the release coincides with the 20th anniversary of those riots, which will be on April 29th.