Due Preparations for the Plague by Janette Turner Hospital Harper Perennial $105 Air France Flight 64 to New York is hijacked in 1987. After the plane lands in Germany, the children are released - 'because nobody, not even bad men, wants children to get hurt' - but the parents meet a horrific end. Over the years, the children communicate and create a website on which they request information concerning the incident. Lowell Hawthorne lost his mother in the hijacking and now, 13 years later, he has just lost his CIA father in suspicious circumstances. When he retrieves a bag filled with journals and videotapes left for him by his father, he realises he must act. Samantha, another child from the hijacking, has co-ordinated a support group of survivors. She arranges a meeting and together they examine Lowell's evidence. Hospital has crammed this political thriller with historical and literary allusions.