David Wagner is a retired foreign service officer who during his career enjoyed three assignment in Italy, first in Milan and twice in Rome, for a total of nine years. It was during those years in Italy that he gained a love of all things Italian, which is reflected in his novels. When not in Italy he lived in South America (Brazil, Ecuador and Uruguay) as well as the ultimate hardship post, Washington, DC. On retirement he and his wife moved to New Mexico, where he started a tourism service called Italia Roadrunners, preparing self-guided day trips for Tuscany and Umbria. From that he began to try his hand at writing novels, specifically mysteries, of which he is a big fan. The eventual result was the creation of Rick Montoya and Cold Tuscan Stone.

David and his wife are graduates of Michigan State University. They served in the Peace Corps in Chile before returning to his home town of Mount Vernon, NY, where he taught high school English.

The above photo was taken on the campus of Michigan State during the celebration of 50 years of the sport of lacrosse at MSU. David is a proud member of that original lacrosse club.

The Wagners now live in the city of Pueblo, on Colorado's front range, with their two cats (left to right) Baffi and Mitzi.

R.I.P. Fellini, the king of cats; Pupa, la Principessa; and Lino, the Prince of Purr