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Death Note - Another Note

Death Note - Another Note

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This book is a prequel to the Death Note series. It covers the Los Angeles BB Serial Murders that are briefly mentioned in the manga. It tells of the first time L ever worked with FBI Agent Naomi Misora—arguably his greatest collaborator.
Essentially, its narrated by L's protégé, Mello. He starts out by trying to write about the case like he was writing a true crime report; very straight forward and speculative. But a short time through, his tone changes to that of a novelist. He ends up writing down what the characters are thinking or feeling. Only occasionally does he catch himself and revert back to the other style. Mello even interrupts the story at various points when he has a problem with how he worded a certain sentence or how he had a character speak. This all provides some quirky, self-aware humor at parts where the book risked becoming too over-the-top. Also, it was an interesting way to provide a backstory when it was needed.

The story is about the killer Beyond Birthday loose in Los Angeles, and super-sleuth L trying to solve the case. Along with Naomi, a former FBI agent, he helps the LA police solve the grisly crimes. In typical Death Note fashion, things get complicated...

The author hints throughout the book that at least one sequel may come.
http://deathnote.wikia.com/wiki/Death_Note:_Another_Note
This book is a prequel to the Death Note series. It covers the Los Angeles BB Serial Murders that are briefly mentioned in the manga. It tells of the first time L ever worked with FBI Agent Naomi Misora—arguably his greatest collaborator.
Essentially, its narrated by L's protégé, Mello. He starts out by trying to write about the case like he was writing a true crime report; very straight forward and speculative. But a short time through, his tone changes to that of a novelist. He ends up writing down what the characters are thinking or feeling. Only occasionally does he catch himself and revert back to the other style. Mello even interrupts the story at various points when he has a problem with how he worded a certain sentence or how he had a character speak. This all provides some quirky, self-aware humor at parts where the book risked becoming too over-the-top. Also, it was an interesting way to provide a backstory when it was needed.

The story is about the killer Beyond Birthday loose in Los Angeles, and super-sleuth L trying to solve the case. Along with Naomi, a former FBI agent, he helps the LA police solve the grisly crimes. In typical Death Note fashion, things get complicated...

The author hints throughout the book that at least one sequel may come.
http://deathnote.wikia.com/wiki/Death_Note:_Another_Note

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Published by: Marton L'Auné Ildikó on Oct 31, 2011
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When Beyond Birthday committed his third murder, he attempted an experiment. Namely, to see if itwere possible for a human being to die of internal hemorrhaging without rupturing any organs.Specifically, he drugged his victim so they fell unconscious; tied them up, and proceeded to beat their left arm thoroughly, being careful not to break the skin. He was hoping to bring about enoughhemorrhaging to cause death from loss of blood, but this attempt ended, sadly, in failure. Bloodcongested in the arm and it turned purplish red beneath the skin, but the victim did not die. They simplyshook, convulsed, and remained alive. He had been convinced the blood loss incurred by this would beenough to kill someone, hut apparently he had underestimated the matter. As far as Beyond Birthdaywas concerned, the actual method of murder rated fairly low on the amusement scale, and it was never more than an interesting experiment. It did not particularly matter to him whether it succeeded or not.Beyond Birthday simply shrugged, and took out a knife... No, no, no, no, no. Not this style, not this narrative voice—I’ll never manage to keep up this arch tone all the way through.The harder I try, the more bored I’ll get and the lazier the writing will be. To put it in terms HoldenCaulfield (one of history’s most famous literary bullshitters) might use, detailing what Beyond Birthdaydid and thought does not suit my purposes (even if, in my position, I have a great deal of sympathy for him). Explaining the entirety of his murders in carefully phrased sentences does not in any wayincrease the value of these notes. This is not a report, nor is it a novel. Even if it happens to turn intoone of those, I will not be happy. I hate to use such a hackneyed line, but I imagine that by the timeanyone lays eyes on these words I will no longer be alive.I hardly need to remind the reader about the epic battle between the century’s greatest detective, L, andthat grotesque murderer, Kira. The instrument of death was a little bit more fantastic than a guillotine(for example), but all Kira accomplished was another reign of terror and a pathetically infantile way of thinking. Looking back, I can only surmise that the gods of victory smiled on Kira for their own vainamusement. Perhaps these gods actually wanted a blood-soaked world of betrayal and false accusation.Perhaps the entire episode exists as a lesson to teach us the difference between the Almighty and theshinigami. Who knows? I, for one, have no intention of wasting any more time thinking about this mostnegative series of events.To hell with Kira.What matters to me is L.L.The century’s greatest detective. In light of his staggering mental abilities, L died an unjust anduntimely death. In the public record alone he solved over 3,500 difficult crimes, and sent three timesthat number of degenerates to prison. He wielded incredible power, was able to mobilize everyinvestigative bureau in the entire world, and was applauded generously for his efforts. And during it all,he never showed his face. I want to record his words as accurately as possible. And I want to leavethem for someone to find. As someone who was given the chance to follow in his footsteps. Well, Imay not have been able to succeed him, but I want to leave this behind.So what you’re reading now are my notes about L. It’s a dying message, not from me, and not directedat the world. The person who will most likely read this first will probably be that big headed twit Near.But if that’s the case, I will not tell him to shred or burn these pages. If it causes him pain to discover that I knew things about L that he did not, then that’s fine. There’s also a chance that Kira might readthis… and I hope he does. If these notes tell the murderer, who only got by with the help of asupernatural killing notebook and an idiot of a shinigami, that he was, under any other circumstances,not even worth the dirt beneath Ls shoes, then they have served their purpose.
 
I am one of the few people who ever met L as L. When and how I met him.. .this is the single mostvaluable memory I have, and I will not write it here, but on that occasion L related to me three storiesof his exploits, and the episode involving Beyond Birthday was one of these. If I drop the pretense andsimply refer to it as the Los Angeles BB Murder Cases, then I imagine many of you will have heard of them. Obviously, it never came to light that L and more importantly, Wammy’s House, which raised meuntil I was fifteen— was deeply connected to the matter, but in fact, they were. L, on principle, nevegot involved in a case unless there were more than ten victims or a million dollars at stake, and this isthe real reason why he belatedly, but aggressively, involved himself in this little case, which only ever had three or four victims. I will explain further in the pages that follow, but for this reason, the case of the Los Angeles BB murders are a watershed event for L, for me, and even for Kira. It was amonumental event for all of us.Why?Because this case is where L first introduced himself as Ryuzaki.So let us skip past all tedious descriptions of what Beyond Birthday thought, of how he went aboutkilling his third victim, since I have in interest in that at all, and while we’re at it, let’s skip the secondand first victims, make no effort to look back at the earlier murders, mod adjust the clock’s hands to themorning of the day after, the glittering moment when the century’s greatest detective, L, first began toinvestigate the case. Oh, I almost forgot. In the event that anyone besides big-headed Near or thedeluded murderer is reading these notes, then I should at least perform the basic courtesy of introducingmyself, here at the end of the prologue. I am your narrator, your navigator, your storyteller. For anyoneelse but those two, my identity may be of no interest, but I am the old world’s runner-up, the bestdresser that died like a dog, Mihael Keehl. I once called myself Mello and was addressed by that name, but that was a long time ago.Good memories and nightmares.Page 1: The MessageWhile it is now referred to as the Los Angeles BB Murder Cases—a rather catchy title—when it wasactually happening, right in the middle of the whirlpool, it was never called anything so impressive.The media called it the Wara Ningyo Murders, or the L.A. Serial Locked Room Killings, or all kinds of other ghastly names. This fact was undoubtedly a source of great annoyance to Beyond Birthday—the perpetrator of the murders in question—but frankly, I think those names provide a more accuratedescription of what was actually happening. Either way, the day after Beyond Birthday carried out thethird of the murders, August 14, 2002, 8:15 am, local time, the FBI agent Naomi Misora was lyingdazedly on the bed in her apartment, having just woken up. She was wearing dark leather pants and amatching leather jacket, but it would be a mistake to assume she customarily slept in this outfit. Shehad spent several hours racing around on her motorcycle the night before, in a vain effort to burn off stress, and when she finally returned to lieu apartment she had fallen instantly into a sound slumber without bothering to shower or undress. Much like the name of the case, Misora has now entered the public consciousness as the one who eventually cracked the Los Angeles BB Murder Cases, but thetruth is that when these events were unfolding in real time, she had been suspended from her duties asan FBI agent. According to the official records she was just on a leave of absence, but this is purely because she had absolutely no ability whatsoever to stand up to the pressure from her superiors andcolleagues. Suspension, leave, summer vacation. I don’t think we need to go into the reasons for her suspension here. What is certain is that this was America, she was Japanese, female, very good at her  job, and the FBI is a large organization. . .which ought to be enough information. Obviously, she didhave colleagues who had a high opinion of her, which is exactly why she had been able to work in theorganization so far, but a month before, just before the Los Angeles BB murders, Misora had made amajor blunder, so major even she could not believe it—which led directly to her current situation. This

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