Al Lester was born in Nelson, the second youngest of four children. Throughout his life, Al has played rugby, golf, softball and indoor basketball at representative level, and enjoyed the thrills of hunting and skydiving. He is the author of five previous hunting titles: Hunting in the Raw (2003), A Bum in the Bush (2004), A Hard Shot in the Hills (2006), Off the Track (2008) and Arse-up Creek (2010). He joined the New Zealand Police at age 25, and was eventually promoted to Detective Sergeant. He lives in Christchurch.