A Simple Plan

A Simple Plan

A Novel

Book - 1993
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Random House, Inc.
It All Seemed So Simple...

Two brothers and their friend stumble upon the wreckage of a plane—the pilot is dead and his duffle bag contains four million dollars in cash. The men agree to hide, keep and share the fortune. But what started off as a simple plan slowly devolves into a gruesome nightmare none of them can control.


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Baker & Taylor
A downward spiral of violence and deception catches Hank Mitchell after he, his brother, and a friend keep the four million dollars they find in a crashed plane

Blackwell North Amer
A Simple Plan marks the astonishing debut of a natural born storyteller. It is a novel about a young man, unaware of his own moral fragility, who finds an immense cache of money - and makes a seemingly plausible decision that sets his hitherto "ordinary and ordered" life on the road to chaos and horror.
He is Hank Mitchell - steady, solid, devoted husband, proud new father. He tells the story. It begins on a snowy winter afternoon. Hank is driving on a lonely country road with his brother, Jacob, and his brother's pal, when suddenly Jacob's dog leaps into the woods. Following him, the three men come upon the wreckage of a single-engine plane and the body of the pilot. Under the seat they find a duffel bag containing four million dollars in packets of hundred-dollar bills. Shocked, barely able to make sense of what they see, they try to puzzle out the right thing to do. They arrive at a seemingly simple plan, a plan that will enable them to hide, keep, and eventually share the fortune. They believe it will harm no one, put no one at risk.
From the moment the plan is set in motion, Hank's orderly universe begins to crumble. He is constantly on the watch, trying to prevent his partners - his brother, his brother's pal, and, ultimately, his wife - from making impulsive or careless moves, triggered by panic or even impatience, that could endanger them all. But soon, himself panicked by his brother's stupidity and confusion, Hank commits a murder. And his nightmare begins.
Riveting, highly charged at its core, told with extraordinary clarity, coolness, and restraint, Scott Smith's story of a man driven to acts previously unthinkable seizes the reader and never lets go. It will be compulsively read and everywhere talked about.

Baker
& Taylor

A downward spiral of violence and deception catches Hank Mitchell after he, his brother, and a friend keep the four million dollars they find in a crashed plane. A first novel. 100,000 first printing. Major ad/promo. BOMC & QPB Alt. Tour.

Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 1993.
ISBN: 9780679419853
0679419853
Branch Call Number: SMI
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 24 cm.

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wilqser
Apr 04, 2015

On my reading list, had seen the movie and thought it might be an interesting read. Thriller about a man, leading a rather humdrum lifestyle,who along with his brother and his best friend find a wrecked airplane and in it find over four million dollars in cash . The rest of book is the plan of how they are to divide up the money and spend it without being caught. Of course problems develop, that lead to jealousy and murder. Seems kind of a morality play about how greed can lead to devastating effects; some situations seem rather implausible and I was really surprise by the ending - morally speaking.

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lukasevansherman
Jun 11, 2014

I'd seen the movie year ago, but had sort of forgotten it was a book first. This is a taut, dark thriller that is fully grounded in its regular protagonists who suddenly get dragged into theft, murder, and treachery. I think the film changed the ending somewhat. A great, read in one sitting type of book. Smith also wrote "The Ruins."

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