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Death Note: Another Note - The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases

(Death Note #Novel 1)

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There's a serial killer loose in Los Angeles and the local authorities need help fast. For some reason the killer has been leaving a string of maddeningly arcane clues at each crime scene. Each of these clues, it seems, is an indecipherable roadmap to the next murder.

Onto the scene comes L, the mysterious super-sleuth. Despite his peculiar working habits, he's never shown
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Hardcover, 176 pages
Published February 19th 2008 by VIZ Media (first published 2006)
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Corinne I'm 13 and I read it, like Corey said there are some pretty gruesome descriptions but it's nothing you shouldn't be able to handle if you're 13. You r…moreI'm 13 and I read it, like Corey said there are some pretty gruesome descriptions but it's nothing you shouldn't be able to handle if you're 13. You really should read it though, it's a brilliant detective novel.(less)
OtterBoy1 Yes! It is an official light novel, and the events that take place in this book are referenced in Death Note as well.

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Petrik
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's Death Note, of course it’s great.

Death Note: Another Note The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases is written by Nisio Isin and it’s a spin-off novella from the massively popular manga/anime series, Death Note, which was created by the highly acclaimed duo, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. It’s a great detective novel and it’s definitely a must-read for all Death Note fans.

This novella shows Naomi Misora—a great female detective that appeared briefly in the original work—on her case with L before the
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Onibana
Jun 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Joshua Fialkov
Jun 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
If this were made in America, it would be terrible. A spinoff prose novel of the beloved manga Death Note. But, Japan just knows better. It's an amazingly executed novel that perfectly uses the literary medium, creating something so much more compelling than you'd ever imagine it to be.

Non-essential for enjoying Death Note, but, it really does add so much more to the experience.
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Amber Hetchler
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Wow, it exceeded all my expectations. It had a lot darker, more serious feel to it than the manga series that it's based off of, but I really liked that about it. Beyond Birthday was brilliant and twisted which made for some pretty unsettling descriptions of his murders. Super fun to read. I recommend it to hard-core Death Note fans. Or anyone who likes crime novels because I believe you could read it without reading Death Note and still love it. ...more
Hot Mess Sommelière ~ Caro
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Adarsh
“The most intelligent people disguise the fact that they are intelligent. Wise men do not wear nametags. The more people talk about their own skills, the more desperate they are—their work should speak for itself.”

4 crime scenes. Each scene has a clue for the subsequent murder. The clues can be anything - the dates of the killings, means of the killings, the names of the victims. The clues are conveniently in 'normal-humans-cannot-understand-it-however-hard-they-try' language. The world's great
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Che Adventure
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
the B.B. murder case is very tasteful - like a sugar rush L would have after eating a delectable dessert.
Shayna L
May 08, 2008 rated it liked it
This is a spin off from the Death Note comic series for those of you that missed L and thought Naomi Misora got a bit shafted. It focuses on a prior case where the two worked together to solve a series of murders in L.A.
While this is indeed a prequel, this isn't for people who haven't read or finished the Death Note series. You'll have the series spoiled for you before you even finish the first chapter. Also, it won't make nearly as much sense.
It's a fairly short book with the same detective st
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dee (andie) 🕺🏼✨
changing my rating because of this quote:

”don’t worry. I’m a top.”
“a top?”
“an aggressive top,” ryuzaki said. “I have never even been submissive to a traffic signal.”
Oshnap
Dec 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book failed both as a detective novel and a supplement to an already existing franchise. I would've forgiven this book if it failed at one but succeeded in the other, unfortunately that's not the case here. I love Mystery Novels, even the Death Note Series despite not being a "traditional Mystery Series." I like to figure out Who did it? Why? and How? But this was easy to figure out within the first few chapters then it fails as a good mystery novel, in my opinion. As a supplement to the De ...more
Devan, Sarcasm Expert
Jan 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Althought it wasn't writen by the orignal author it adds nicely to the collection even if its in the view of one person. And your still learning more of the subject of death & solving murder. Asking what will the killer do next.
When reading this book I learned from the character Rue that "It doesn't matter if a child or adult gets killed, its the same." I really struck me and makes me ponder the idea from time to time. And in truth he is right because when you kill someone you take that life wa
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Miss Susan
Jan 16, 2013 rated it liked it
this is a story that is told by a narrator beyond the grave.

now whether that was intentional i cannot say, but in the interests of charity i will assume the author is aware the character he choose to narrate it should have been dead at the time of telling. either that or in possession of an ability to see the future which begs the question, why does he let himself die the way he does in death note?

you can see why i like the dead man talking theory better.

and hey, it explains how he somehow knows
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linda
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
such a nice extra story to the original story of death note! // i really flew through this one and it was really easy to read and refreshing since somehow the majority of this book consists of only dialogues. it's kind of like watching another season of death note but in book form and one really does not see the plot twists and all of it coming. and, i really liked the investigation itself following naomi and ryuzaki. i watched death note itself and read the other L special years ago and i am st ...more
Zeynep Beyza
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Juliette
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, light-novel
MIND BLOOOOWN

I love murder mysteries. I went through a phase where I binge watched Detective Conan and other locked-room-murder shows but, oddly enough, it never occurred to me to actually read a mystery novel, despite my great love for reading.

By pure chance, I found this book in my local charity shop for only 2 euros and, having already watched and loved the anime, I decided to pick it up. I'm so glad I did.

It's a short read and that's absolutely perfect- it means that it gets straight in
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Phee 💗💜💙
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
This was delightful. Death Note is one of my favourite series so anything Death Note related is going to be awesome for me.
Jenvile
”If you agree with something, you must have sufficient reason to agree with it. If you disagree with something, you must have sufficient reason to disagree with it. However accurate, a deduction based on a fallacy means you have not defeated the killer.”

I had a lot of shocked pikachu moments reading this, and I read this in one sitting. I carved out time specifically, to finish it because I knew I wouldn’t be able to put it down. I enjoyed it immensely.

Now, there are quite a few problems with it
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Margo
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a plot twist! I thought I was being smart and had it figured out but then the unexpected happened!

I don't normally read mystery novels, but since it was Death note I decided to give it a go and I must say, really liked it! Even if this book is considered a prequel, I'd recommend having read/watched the original, since there are pretty big spoilers and it wouldn't make as much sense. I was glad to learn more about Naomi as a character, since not much is mentioned about her in the original s
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-,-
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-manga
Anything containing the concept of Death Note and the characters are bound to be entertaining and thrilling.
T.R. Preston
Jun 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I adore this novel. I am glad to say it is brilliant, since it stems from the objective best work of fiction of all time. This book had titanic shoes to fill, and yet it still came out great. Highly recommend.
Suraj Krishnan
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The only thought that kept recurring when I was reading this book was why I did not read this book earlier. Set as a prequel to the Death Note Manga, (however I would advise you to read this after the Death Note series due to a number of spoilers), the book is a first-class execution of the usage of visualization in technical writing. The author clearly gives us all the facts about the murder scenes and the murderer BB right at the beginning and the rest of the plot is BB trying to always stay o ...more
John Egbert
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Connor Foley
Apr 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Interesting little spinoff/prequel for Death Note by the legendary creator of the mongatari series, Nisioisin. Not applicable to people unfamiliar with Death Note. Nisioisin is known to be a a master of the written japanese language, easily able to manipulate kanji, hiragana and katakana unlike any one else, and while the writing here is unique, witty and undeniably intelligent, the translation inevitably suffers and is borderline cluttered in trying to explain some of the connections made in th ...more
Atharva Tawde
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
L.Lawliet and Naomi Misora team up to catch a serial killer. This novel all the elements of a classic 'murder mystery' with the genius of Death Note sprinkled on the top and the twist at the end was just MIND BOGGLING. ...more
Andy
May 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
The literary equivalent of malaria.
Ece
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was my all time fav detective novel!! It deserves more stars!
Lina
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Death Note is one of those series that refuses to die. I have lost count how many times it has received a remake or adaptation and there is even a (in my opinion really good!) musical adaptation. Seriously check it out! With all these different versions existing, I am still asking myself why they don’t just give The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases an adaptation as well instead of giving us the same story over and over again and producing that truly awful Netflix remake? Well since that adaptation h ...more
Krish Bhati
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The best💓...second best. :)
Aishu Rehman
The story was okay I guess if you like a talentless agent being spoonfed all the clues and practically being dragged through solving the case until stumbling into the real murderer. Just seemed like someone wanted to glorify Naomi Misora and from reading it I don't think they accomplished it. The story needed to be about B and L end of story, and if you ask me it was full of holes and weird time lapse, and Mello telling the story is even more confusing, while still throughing in bits and pieces ...more
Diana Iovanel
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
Our mutual passion for Death Note is an important bond between me and my 18yo cousin - so when he offered to lend me this prequel of L's story i couldn't say no. But...

If you decide to write a spin off on something as grand as Death Note (DN), chances are extremely high you'll fall short. This is because the parallel creates an expectation.

This is a murder mystery book that, kind of, has L as the detective and, kind of, includes Shinigami and, kind of, creates more of a back story for the childr
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Nisio Isin (西尾 維新 Nishio Ishin), frequently written as NisiOisiN to emphasize that his pen name is a palindrome, is a Japanese novelist and manga writer. He attended and left Ritsumeikan University without graduating. In 2002, he debuted with the novel Kubikiri Cycle, which earned him the 23rd Mephisto Award at twenty years of age.

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