David P O’Coinn grew up at Balderton, Nottinghamshire then a sleepy village close to Newark and went to a local grammar school. After several jobs including working on British Rail he won a scholarship to the Royal Manchester College of Music. After graduation he worked mainly as a teacher. He has lived in Lincolnshire for many years and this county has provided much of his inspiration. He is married with three children and enjoys writing, railway travel and cricket in his spare time.
Before she can be drowned as a witch, Elizabeth Robinson is swept away by the tide and the devil wind of Boston, Lincolnshire. She issues a curse on those responsible and declares that it will only end ‘when the birdman falls from the sky and into the mire’. Then, and only then will the evil i...