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LA Noire - A Different Kind of War

How to solve the Arson desk case.

LA Noire's A Different Kind of War is one of many cases on the Arson desk, following on from Nicholson Electroplating.

If you're interested in help elsewhere, our LA Noire guide and walkthrough is well worth a visit. Otherwise, here's how to solve A Different Kind of War.

A Different Kind of War

This is the final case, for some people more so than others...

Playing as Kelso:

Location: Rapid Exterminators

They may not know the guy you're looking for, but the penultimate newspaper is on the counter.

Location: Westlake Pest Control

Speak to the guy behind the counter.

Playing as Phelps:

Location: Fontaine's Office


  • Examine the body. Look at the head to find the strangle marks, and look at the lighter in his hand.
  • The last newspaper is on the desk.
  • Also on the desk is a blank sheet of paper and a newspaper clipping. Use the pencil on the blank sheet of paper to reveal a map, and then use the newspaper clipping to learn more.
  • Examine the broken glass on the floor.
  • Examine the Crystal Ball on the floor by the cabinet.
  • On the small table near the doorway is a file containing Fontaine's blackmail paperwork.
  • In the next room you'll find the last of the Morphine Syrettes in the cabinet in the right hand corner.

Playing as Kelso:

Location: Rancho Rincon

Kick the door down and hunt for Clues.

  • Examine the Flamethrower on the workbench to your right as you enter.
  • Head for the back room and examine the Origami Cranes to your right.
  • On the rear wall of the darker room you'll find a map of the LA River Tunnels.
  • Examine the partially folded Origami Crane on the small table in the lighter room.
  • Examine the pictures on the wall to the left of the door on your way out to find a photo of your suspect along with other familiar faces.

Playing as Phelps:

Follow Kelso in your car. Several groups of cops will join the chase and you may need to shove them out of the way, but by and large you can ignore them and just stick close to Kelso.

Playing as Kelso:

Follow the tunnels. Along the way you'll encounter several pockets of bad guys that you'll need to eliminate, and you'll eventually emerge in a large open area. Take out the enemies shooting at you from the other side, then turn right and head down the stairs.

Need more assistance with all things LA Noire? Inspect our main LA Noire walkthrough and guide, for detailed info and solutions for every case, tackled step-by-step. For time out in the open world, we have guides on Golden Reel locations, Badge Pursuit Challenge locations, Landmark locations, an outfits list, a hidden vehicles and cars list and finally a guide to completing LA Noire Street Crime side-quests.

More tunnels to follow, and you'll end up on the lower floor of the open room. Ignore the lone gunman, and wade your way through the oncoming water to reach the ladder in the opposite corner.

Keep following the tunnels until you reach another open area. Take out the bad guys, cross the walkway to the other side of the room, turn left, and use the next walkway to find the way out.

Keep following the tunnels, and watch as the story comes to a conclusion.

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