There's a killer loose in Los Angeles and super-sleuth L is on 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. And there's a big surprising plot twist at the end of the book.
Born in 1981, NISIOISIN made his writing debut in 2002, winning the 23rd Mephisto Prize in 2002 for Kubikiri Cycle (The Beheading Cycle). This eventually became the first book in his best-selling Zaregoto series. His subsequent novels have earned him a passionate following throughout Japan.
Death Note (Hardcover)
Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc
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19 Oct, 2010
Great book. Beyond is an interesting character and the plot is great. It really gives us a good back story for Naomi and L, and they're both very well portrayed in this spin-off novel.
I first came across reference to Beyond Birthday in the fandom, and was curious to find out more about him. The book kept up with all my expectations and was a very enjoyable read. It gives us a look into the minds of the Whammy Boys, and how stressed they become attempting to surpass L.
All in all it was a brilliant book that works very well with the timeline of the original Death Note series. The author shows an amazing grasp of the character's personalitys and has managed to introduce an original character so seamlessly that no-one questions it. I would definately recommend it for all Death Note fans.