|A Slip of the Tongue|
|Persons of Interest||6|
|Locations|| 6 West Second Street|
Coombs Automotive Co.
146 North Fremont Avenue
Central Police Station
Western Union Office
Marquee Printing Company
58 Industrial Street
|Date||January 29, 1947|
|Previous case||Next case|
|A Marriage Made in Heaven||The Fallen Idol|
- "Let me shoot this guy, please?"
- ―Stefan Bekowsky
A seemingly run of the mill car theft ends up sparking an explosive investigation into the largest auto fraud racket the city has ever seen.
Persons of InterestEdit
- Cliff Harrison - The apparent new owner of a stolen car.
- Richard Coombs - The owner of Coombs Automotive.
- Jean Archer - One of the transport mules.
- James Belasco - The other transport mule.
- Gordon Leitvol - The owner of Marquee Printing Company.
- Steven Bigelow - An associate of Gordon Leitvol.
- Investigate Stolen Vehicle Report
- Investigate Coombs Automotive
- Investigate Jean Archer's Address
- Trace Address for Marquee Printing
- Investigate Marquee Printing
- Interrogate James Belasco
- Apprehend Jean Archer
- Investigate 58 Industrial Street
- Apprehend Gordon Leitvol
Achievements and TrophiesEdit
Captain Leary informs you that a stolen vehicle from the hot sheet has been spotted.
6 West Second StreetEdit
When you get there, a short cutscene will occur before you'll have to chase the driver. Disable his vehicle before he is stopped by uniformed backup in order to earn the Nowhere in a Hurry Achievement/Trophy.
Interview Cliff Harrison:Edit
|Vehicle reported as stolen||Truth||Harrison's ownership papers|
|Motive for flight||Doubt|
|Vehicle purchase details||Truth||Richard Coombs|
This is where you get the first pinkslip for the Racing For Pinks Achievement
Once you get there, you'll be greeted with a sales pitch from the owner, Richard Coombs. He'll tell you not to take another step, but you'll have to go to him in order to proceed. After a short cutscene, you follow him into his office where he'll give you two new clues:
This is where you get the second pinkslip for the Racing For Pinks Achievement
Interview Richard Coombs:Edit
|Details of transaction||Truth||Check|
|Description of suspect||Truth||Jean Archer (Updated)|
|Association with Marquee||Truth||Investigate Marquee Printing|
|Check payment details||Doubt|
Before leaving, use the nearby gamewell or just get in your car to use the police radio.
146 North Fremont AvenueEdit
When you arrive, you'll discover that the registered address is an empty lot.
Speak with the watch commander before going to interview James Belasco in room 2.
Interview James Belasco:Edit
Before you get to ask him questions, he'll give you another clue:
|On the table in interview room 2.||
|Legitimate pink slip, made out to James Belasco of 146 North Fremont Avenue.|
This is where you get the third of the pinkslips for the Racing For Pinks Achievement.
|Stolen auto courier||Doubt||Auto theft racket, Stolen auto courier|
|Association with Archer||Lie||Archer's ownership papers or Fake address|
|Auto theft racket||Doubt|
|Stolen vehicles warehoused||Doubt||Industrial Street (?)|
When your interview is finished a cutscene will occur, where Ray Pinker will give you another clue:
|Given to you by Ray.||
|Message reads: Gordon Leitvol, Proprietor, Marquee Printing Company, 323 Aliso St.|
Go towards the entrance, and the watch commander will stop and talk to you. He'll tell you that Jean Archer was seen at the Western Union less than a minutes' run from Central. Run out of the station and turn left. Cross the road at the intersection, and turn left when you get to the other side. From here, just keep running straight.
Alternatively, get in your car and drive, or ask Bekowsky to drive. Be aware, it is possible to miss her, and doing so will only allow you to get a maximum of 4 stars for this case.
Approach Archer at the counter and question her.
Interview Jean Archer:Edit
|Stolen Kaiser Frazer||Doubt|
|Association with Belasco||Lie||Belasco's ownership papers or Fake address||'Bigelow', Known associates of Archer|
|Stolen auto courier||Doubt||Investigate 58 Industrial Street|
After this interview, if you correctly branch all questions, you receive the achievement Femme Imbécile
Go into the building, and speak to Gordon Leitvol.
Interview Gordon Leitvol:Edit
|Knowledge of theft racket||Doubt|
|Pink slip supply||Doubt|
|Coombs Auto deliveries||Doubt|
After your conversation, Leitvol will let you see his ledger. Select any row where Bigelow was the customer.
58 Industrial StreetEdit
Prepare for a shootout. Take out the goons on the ground floor, before going up to the first floor. You can get Chop Shop achievement if you kill at least one of the goons with the engine block that's hanging from the ceiling in the centre of the room. You'll find Steven Bigelow and the following clues in his office:
|On the table, right in front of the door.||
|Delivery to Steven Bigelow, 58 Industrial Street, signed off by Gordon Leitvol.|
|On the table, right in front of the door.||
|Santa Anita Park betting slip, stamped LOSE, made out to Gordon Leitvol.|
|Behind Bigelow, on his desk.||
|Box of blank printed pink slips.|
The Box of pinkslips is the last you need for the Racing For Pinks Achievement
Interview Steven Bigelow:Edit
|Pink slip supply||Doubt||Gambling debts|
|Association with Leitvol||Lie||Delivery Ledger/Note from Ray Pinker|
Marquee Printing CompanyEdit
Interview Gordon Leitvol:Edit
|Deliveries to Industrial St||Lie||Betting slips or Gambling debts|
With the theft racket smashed, Leitvol and his cronies will climb over one another to cut a deal.
- On rare occasions, the "Details of Transaction" question won't show up during the Richard Coombs interview, even if you chose the correct responses to Cliff Harrison and inspected all of the clues, making it impossible to complete the case. Restarting the game and redownloading the case from the in-game store should fix this problem.
- After the shootout in the chop shop, when talking to Steven Bigelow after tossing his office, a scream is heard and the camera moves inside Phelps. The notebook is open but the player is unable to select a question or exit the conversation. Quitting to the main menu and resuming the game from the recent save point will solve the problem. (PC)
- When the player doesn't visit Marquee Printings before the shootout at the Chop Shop, he walks into the print shop and asks Gordon Leitvol the "Deliveries to Industrial St" question. Phelps and Bekowsky seem to know Leitvol altough they have never met him before. The first 3 questions won't show up.
Initially, this case was made available for customers who pre-order L.A. Noire from Wal-Mart exclusively. However, A Slip of the Tongue is now available on PlayStation Network ($3.99), Xbox LIVE Marketplace (320 MS Points), as a part of the Rockstar Pass and as part of the Complete Edition of L.A. Noire on steam.
- After meeting with Richard Coombs, you can choose to take one of his cars on the lot that are for sale (if you're going for the Auto Fanatic achievement, there are several cars that will likely unlock here). Whether you drive one away or simply hop in to one for the unlock, Stefan Bekowsky will say, "I like your thinking, Phelps. Call it evidence. The guy's an asshole. He can pick it up from the pound."
- You can drive a car with a 'For Sale' sign on its windshield by taking it off Coombs' used car lot.
- Stefan is shown lighting a cigarette and smoking several times in this case.
- In a conversation, Phelps and Bekowsky will mention the Black Dahlia, which will be the central in Homicide cases later, and Cole will even ask about the progress Homicide are making.
- The ending on this particular case depends on the player's performance. If they performed well, Captain Leary will be very bright from the good press and praise Phelps on his work. But, if a major part of the questioning is failed, the Captain will berate both Bekowsky and Phelps and kick a bucket at Cole in the end of the cutscene.