Alan Mills was born in England but migrated to Australia at the age of 23. He has worked as a research assistant in criminal psychology in a British maximum security prison; a sideshow barker in a travelling carnival; a scriptwriter for a TV cop series; a high school teacher; a bookshop manager; an English instructor at the Japanese Foreign Ministry in Tokyo; an odd-job man in a lion safari park; a forestry worker; a timekeeper on a railroad construction project in north-west Australia; and a copywriter and creative director in advertising agencies. A black belt in karate with a Masters in English Literature, Mills currently lives in Sydney.
At Sydney's Royal Prince Albert Zoo, fear is mounting. First a curator is found dead in a giraffe enclosure, then three endangered animals - part of a controversial shipment from Burma - are brutally slaughtered.
TV Producer Nikiya Adams arrives at the zoo to research a new British series and is instantly plunged into a web of danger. Ten years ago she fell in love with the zoo's director, Dr James Rivers - but now the pair must put their feelings aside to face deadly intrigue and an unknown killer.
Trapped in the zoo at night, they find themselves being hunted - and Darwin's 'survival of the fittest' takes on a terrible meaning.