The Planning Officers

Lift the roof off the Town Hall and take a wry look inside. Anna Maria Aitcheson and Dirc Starkey are so absorbed in their careers and each other that they never consider the community they are employed to serve. Follow them through one stormy day, which begins with glory beckoning, if they can only bundle one insignificant citizen out of the way first... More

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About David Waine

David Waine was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, in 1949. He is the youngest of three brothers, all of whom went on to become teachers like their father. It was during his teaching career that he developed an interest in writing, initially plays, and his adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' was performed at the Cockpit Theatre (the forerunner of Shakespeare's Globe) as part of the Globe Theatre restoration in 1991. He took up novel writing after leaving the profession, and his first published work, 'The Planning Officers' appeared in 2011. He has followed this up with an epic fantasy trilogy, 'A King's Head', made up of the individual novels: 'Usurper', 'A Sovereign's Honour' and 'A New Queen Rises'. A sequel trilogy, 'A Queen's Heart' followed in 2012-14. This is made up of the individual novels, 'The Ancient Realm', 'The Shattered Realms' and 'The Power of Four Queens'. An appendix, 'Larussi's Heartsong' is in preparation. Together, the two trilogies and 'Heartsong' make up the 'Avalind Books'. There will be more of these in the future.

The first of his crime thrillers, 'Chained in Time', was published in October 2011. The second in the series, 'Rutter's Reunion', followed in January 2012. The third book, 'Relapse' was published in the spring of 2014. These are the 'Rutter Books'. There will be more of them as well.

When 'Heartsong' is published, David intends to complete a collection of short stories that he has also been working on.

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