When Cole Phelps rises through the ranks of the LAPD and gets promoted to the rank of Detective, he is first assigned to the Traffic desk in L.A. Noire
. This desk isn't just about dealing with parking tickets and moving violations; the unit deals with "hit-and-run cases, vehicular manslaughter and murder cases, and collision reports involving serious injuries or fatalities where a crime may be involved".
Vehicles are used as instruments of murder, deception and violent crime on a more frequent basis than you would have assumed. One of the cases that Phelps will investigate is "The Fallen Idol" case, where he arrives at an apparent accident site where witness accounts just don't add up.
"Interviewing an injured crash victim at the hospital - a delicate process requiring a detective's bedside manner."
"In "The Driver's Seat", Phelps and Coroner Carruthers check out a mysterious abandoned car."
"Contrary to popular belief, it isn't all dealing with parking violations and fender benders for detectives working the Traffic desk in the LAPD."
"A curious letter found on the body of a victim at a crime scene. Might this not have been an accident after all?"
"Phelps examines the body of a hit and run victim at the crime scene."
"After just being promoted to Detective, Cole Phelps meets his new partner Stefan Bekowsky on the Traffic Desk."
"What do the railway workers know that might provide a lead?"
"Toe to toe with a quite uncooperative person of interest."
"At the scene of a crash, interviewing a shaken up survivor."
"Gunfire is a last resort and worst case scenario for any detective pursuing a dangerous suspect."
"Working the Traffic desk, criminal investigations can lead Phelps to the oddest of places..."
"Phelps and Bekowsky leaving the precinct on their way to a crime scene."
"Phelps accepts his assignment in the briefing room at HQ."
"Coroner Carruthers reminds Phelps and Bekowsky that things aren't always as they seem."
"Phelps and his partner tailing a suspect, hoping it will lead to new information on the case."
"Phelps and Bekowsky walking towards their next crime scene... and certainly not the last."
"Phelps letting Bekowsky be the bad cop as they give a suspect the third degree."
"Phelps learning the ropes as a Detective, the hard way."
Detective Cole Phelps will have to solve crimes across five different department crime desks. The most "brutal and harrowing" of these is likely to be the Homicide desk
, revealed at the end of January.L.A. Noire
is due to be released on May 17th, 2011 in North America, and on May 20th in Europe.