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, 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.)

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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.