From the moment he first meets her, Nick Mercer is smitten by Marlene Rich, a member of a museum group he is guiding through the highlands of the Rift Valley. Marlene is married to Frank Combers, a wealthy California dilettante apparently tolerant of his wife's infidelities, but dangerously and increasingly unstable. An anthropologist obsessed with human origins, Nick is blind to the reality about which he theorizes so eloquently. The affair between Marlene and Nick lights a fuse that burns toward catastrophe with the inexorability of Greek tragedy. Inspired by Hemingway's "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," Natural Selection renders a vivid account of violent death on safari in East Africa. Marked by intellectual sophistication, growing suspense, memorable characters, and a compelling story, this novel explores the human condition in the classic mode of American fiction.
Used availability for Alfred Alcorn's Natural Selection
February 2008 : USA Hardback
March 2008 : USA Paperback
September 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition