Natural Selection is a 100,000-word mystery that follows Dragan Sakic’s personal struggles as he joins a police investigation into a series of bizarre deaths.
When Dragan, an ER physician, at last decides to have a baby with his girlfriend, thoughts of his troubled childhood begin to consume him and he does what he’s always done. He retreats into his protective shell.
Then a rogue cop full of hunches but short on details pressures him to look over the autopsy of Salt Lake City’s district attorney. When he does, he notices three substances camouflaged in the toxicological report—no more than remedies when taken separately—that mimic a heart attack when combined. As he gets pulled deeper into the investigation and learns more about the dead DA, Dragan comes to believe it wasn’t chance that brought him and the victim together. It was a buildup of countless imperceptible changes and, like evolution, inevitable.
Dragan provides an ailing investigation much needed momentum by revealing more poisonings. In doing so, he unearths a new species of killers: one that uses tiered poisonings unseen before in ingenuity, one that goes to painstaking lengths to disguise murders as natural deaths. The ensuing investigation saps Dragan’s spare time, leaving his relationship in shambles.
Though Dragan doesn’t know it, the victims were part of a secret cabal with plans to release anthrax at the Utah-BYU football game. Fearing Dragan may lead the police to them, the surviving members send out their henchman with orders to make the problem disappear.
Once the dust has settled, police find Dragan’s girlfriend near death, evidence implicates him in the anthrax attack and the murders he’s been investigating. To avenge the woman he loves and clear his name, Dragan is forced to leave his protective shell to track down a radical group of killers and bring a cunning poisoner to justice. The week that follows surfaces old scars and rips them wide open.