Due Preparations for the Plague by Janette Turner Hospital
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Several other surprises lie in wait, as the past bears in on, and threatens to devour, the present. Strong stuff: an accomplished fusion of doomsday thriller and mordant morality play.
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A taut and confronting novel that propels us into the chaos of terror and the cruelty - and unexpected hope - of survival. Lowell tries not to think about the past, about the hijacking that killed his mother. Samantha, on the other hand, cannot let go. As a child she survived the hijacking of Air France 64, and as an adult she obsessively digs for answers, seeking a man called Salamander whom she believes holds key information. It is the death of Lowell's father, and his legacy of a blue sports bag crammed with documents and videotapes, that finally brings Lowell and Samantha together and unravels the interconnections between victims and perpetrators, saved and damned. But in this murky world of endless aliases and surveillance, who can be trusted? When does the quest for truth become a dangerous obsession? And what difference can the truth make? Janette turner Hospital has crafted a taut and confronting novel that propels us into the chaos of terror and the cruelty - and unexpected hope - of survival. 'A writer of many gifts ... intense, lyrical ... [a] sophisticated thriller' - Publishers Weekly 'taut and well paced ... a political espionage thriller with existential underpinnings' - Sydney Morning Herald 'A dark and disturbing tale that will appeal to conspiracy theorists' - Herald Sun 'Hospital is a poet of paranoia, and this book could do for the post-September 11 era what John le Carre did for the Cold War.' - New York time Out
 

About Janette Turner Hospital

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Janette Turner Hospital grew up in Australia, makes her home in Kingston, Ontario, and has lived in the US, England, and India. She is the author of six novels; "The Ivory Swing" (1982) won the Seal First Novel Award. She has also published three collections of stories, a crime thriller, and a French novella. "Queen of Pentacles, Nine of Swords," which was a winner in the 1986 CBC Canadian Literary Awards, was published in "Isobars "1991"", a collection of her s
 
Published January 1, 2014 by Angus & Robertson. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on May 20 2010

Several other surprises lie in wait, as the past bears in on, and threatens to devour, the present. Strong stuff: an accomplished fusion of doomsday thriller and mordant morality play.

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Above average
Reviewed by Laura Baggaley on Feb 22 2004

Hospital, professor and writer-in-residence at the University of South Carolina, crams her novel with historical and literary allusions, quoting Camus, Boccaccio, Shakespeare, and Alice In Wonderland, among others, but the references can feel heavy-handed.

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Above average
Reviewed by Laura Baggaley on Feb 21 2004

Whether Hospital has captured the Zeitgeist with dazzling clarity, or jumped on the bandwagon of a world changing for the worse, her novel leaves you with an uneasy sense that Camus's epigraph has been disproved...

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