Jimmy Kudo, the son of a world-rewned mystery writer, is a high school detective who has cracked the most baffling of cases. One day while on a date with his childhood friend Rachel Moore, Jimmy observes a pair of men in black involved in some shady business. The men capture Jimmy and give him a poisous substance to rub out their witness. When a little boy is caught in a devastating fire, the Junior Detective League is on the case! Conan suspects arson, but to decipher the clues his pint-size client left behind he'll have to think like a real first-grader! Then Conan tracks the Hammer Man, an urban legend who leaves all-too-real victims. And Richard Moore is prepping for his latest TV appearance when he stumbles upon a death by poisoned coffee. Can Conan brew up a solution to the caffeinated crime?
Gosho Aoyama made his debut in 1992 with Chotto Matte (Wait a Minute), which won Shogakukan's prestigious Shinjin Comic Taisho (Newcomer's Award for Comics) and launched his career as a critically acclaimed, top-selling manga artist. In addition to Detective Conan, which won the Shogakukan Manga Award in 21, Aoyama created the popular manga Yaiba, which won the Shogakukan Manga Award in 1992. Aoyama's manga is greatly influenced by his boyhood love for mystery, adventure and baseball, and he has cited the tales of Arsene Lupin and Sherlock Holmes and the samurai films of Akira Kurosawa as some of his childhood favorites.