The Detective Wars
"I myself have only met the man in person once. But those who have met him never forget the man who was too wise for his age, who hunched as if he were Atlas, carrying the burden of the world on his shoulders. Yet he carried it willingly, and his eyes were steel.
I am, of course, referring to the great detective, L. The greatest detective of the century.
If you are reading this - whoever you may be - Ruvie, Wammy, a murderous psychopath or even that detestable Near - then, it is probable that I myself am dead. This is not intended as a legacy. Do not quote this - do not teach this to the freshly corrupted children of Wammy's.
These are my personal notes, as someone who had the opportunity to take the world on his shoulders and instead was discarded in favour of a child.
I am Mihael Keehl. And once, in a time long, long ago, I called myself Mello.
But this is not my story. This is the tale of L, Coil and Deneuve, and their detective war, from which L emerged victorious. The story of how he, L, defeated the second and third greatest detectives in the world, Elrado Coil and Deneuve, and claimed their detective codes for his own."