A Simple Plan

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Macmillan, 1993 - Fiction - 417 pages
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"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 becompulsively read and everywhere talked about.
 

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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

WOW ... murder, greed, plotting. The movie (which was terrific) has a somewhat different ending. I'm torn as to whether the movie or the book is better. But the book is fantastic. Read full review

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User Review  - eadieburke - LibraryThing

I read this book as a Blind Date With a Book read and I'm glad I did. It is a captivating book that reveals how human instincts and greed can turn even the best of us into deadly predators. A page ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
4
Section 2
11
Section 3
13
Section 4
29
Section 5
54
Section 6
57
Section 7
62
Section 8
65
Section 24
248
Section 25
255
Section 26
263
Section 27
266
Section 28
279
Section 29
285
Section 30
286
Section 31
287

Section 9
90
Section 10
92
Section 11
95
Section 12
105
Section 13
113
Section 14
135
Section 15
138
Section 16
148
Section 17
156
Section 18
159
Section 19
162
Section 20
182
Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
307
Section 35
329
Section 36
342
Section 37
343
Section 38
349
Section 39
352
Section 40
360
Section 41
364
Section 42
378
Section 43
401
Section 44
421
Section 45
422
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Scott Smith was educated at Dartmouth College and Columbia University. He lives in New York City.

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