A few weeks ago I was browsing my local supermarket's book aisle. I saw a book with, I believe, a plane on the cover. I really enjoy horror/sci-fi/thriller books and movies that take place on a plane, so I read the back of this book.

From what I can recall, it was about a flight, already in air, and the pilot learns that there is some kind of plague happening on Earth? That's all that I can really recall. It was a trade paperback, so it may have been released last year, possibly?

It was at my local supermarket, and they don't have a large selection, so it was most likely a relatively popular fiction author. I believe the author was male and his name may have contained initials.

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    At least it wasn't snakes.
    – Valorum
    Mar 18, 2019 at 1:31
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    Maybe Dead on Arrival by Matt Richtel? That's got a plane on one version of the cover and it features a plague
    – Danny Mc G
    Mar 18, 2019 at 5:12
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    Yes!! Thank you - it was Dead on Arrival!! That's the one! And I will also be checking out Down to a Sunless Sea - it sounds like my kind of read, also! Thank you sooooo much!!
    – Christen
    Mar 18, 2019 at 9:40
  • A statement with a question mark is still a statement. Either make a statement, or ask a question. Or do both seperately.
    – JRE
    Mar 18, 2019 at 15:25

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This is "Dead on Arrival" by Matt Richtel

Review from sciencethrillers.com:-

An airplane touches down at a desolate airport in a remote Colorado ski town. Shortly after landing, Dr. Lyle Martin, a world-class infectious disease specialist, is brusquely awakened to shocking news: Everyone not on the plane appears to be dead.The world has gone dark.

While they were in the air, a lethal new kind of virus surfaced, threatening mankind’s survival, and now Martin—one of the most sought-after virologists on the planet until his career took a precipitous slide—is at the center of the investigation.

Harpercollins edition cover

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    I've added the Harpercollins edition cover, which matches the question, since the cover at sciencethrillers, Amazon and Goodreads doesn't match.
    – DavidW
    Mar 18, 2019 at 13:52
  • @DavidW cheers for that, I always have trouble with images/photos
    – Danny Mc G
    Mar 18, 2019 at 18:42

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