Dead Man’s Rule – A Novel Review
A Dead Man’s Holiday by Andy Andrews is the first paranormal romance written by Andy Andrews. It was published in 1979 and has been out of print ever since. The story is about a man called Vincent, who lives in a small English cottage with his teenage daughter called Anna. He works as a delivery driver for a department store but is unfulfilled and unhappy. He longs to be a man of action and adventure and he feels he can only achieve this if he can solve the mystery that has been plaguing him for years.
The story starts when Anna gets a phone call at work and answers it while she is alone in her bedroom. On the other end of the line is a mysterious caller whose voice is calm and threatening. He tells her that he has killed someone and that they need him dead right away. Anna races to her bedroom and finds Vincent lying on the floor, covered in blood. He is unconscious and has no recollection of the events that happened that day.
Vincent’s death doesn’t make much sense, so Anna decides to check up on him by going to the police station to ask for information about a double murder that occurred some weeks ago. She soon finds out that the dead man was not his intended target, but was instead a customer. His name is Simon Bell who was working in the men’s section at the time of the murder. The strange man had seen her daughter the previous evening and had become obsessed with wanting to know more about her. He offered to help her solve the case and later on changed his name to Simon Blackadder.
As Anna is investigating the man’s background, she finds out that he had a daughter with a street named Delilah
He had worked with her for a number of years and even took her to court once. When she discovered that Simon Blackadder was the real killer, she hired him to find her missing daughter. But the real story begins almost two decades later when Anna gets an unexpected visit from Blackadder while she is searching for her missing son. As they speak, he reveals that he had been framed by a criminal who had killed his wife and took over her company.
This book is based on a true story. Blackadder tells Anna that he had nothing to do with the murder but had been given the job by her husband just days before the murder happened. I found this part interesting because the writer uses Blackadder as a catalyst to get the story line moving. He also provides the perfect touch of romance between Anna and Blackadder, which made this story even more enjoyable.
After the events of the past, the story focused on the present
Blackadder tracked down his old lover Delilah but there were many different aspects of the past that needed to be revealed as well. He wanted to catch the killer so he arranged a meeting with the man he thought was the culprit. During this meeting, the man confessed to shooting his wife and taking over her company. But this was only the beginning of the end for Blackadder.
This story takes place several years later and Blackadder is once again facing a lot of problems. He went to visit Anna in prison and during the visit, he discovered that Anna had arranged for her friend Rufus to meet Blackadder. Rufus tried to kill Blackadder but failed and instead handed him information about how to shoot a man named Vinnie. When Blackadder went back to Anna, she told him of Rufus’ connection to Vinnie. Now that he knew this man was dangerous, he decided to hire a new Private Eye to find out more about Vinnie.
The plot of the story is quite complex. Blackadder’s past is not clear, which complicates things. But overall, this book is very enjoyable. It is the story of a man trying to move forward while dealing with the Past and the Present. The characters are well-written and the story is entertaining.