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A Simple Plan by Scott Smith

A Simple Plan (edition 2006)

by Scott Smith

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From the author of "The Ruins" comes his debut New York Times bestselling thriller, "A Simple Plan," read by Griffin Dunne. Hank Mitchell thought he lived an ordinary, ordered life. But on one chilly afternoon, Hank, his brother Jacob, and Jacob's unsavory pal Lou, make a discovery that offers a chance for a life filled with riches beyond their wildest dreams. And in a fateful moment, Hank lays a plan to claim that life . . . and the horrific crumbling of his ordered world begins . . .… (more)
Title:A Simple Plan
Authors:Scott Smith
Info:Vintage (2006), Paperback, 432 pages
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Scott Smith's beautifully controlled and disturbing first novel delivers a total of nine deaths, harrowing murders all, but it is surely a morality tale, with not a whiff of the whodunit about it. Instead, its trail of blood starkly raises many rudimentary philosophical questions. What is necessary? What is inevitable? What is justifiable? The story's effectiveness in fact hinges on these very tensions. We have a natural resistance to the idea that "ordinary" people could bear the commission, not to mention the psychological consequences, of such atrocities without going mad. And yet they do, which is both alarming and, in the context of the story, utterly plausible. An absorbing exploration of the nature of greed. ( )
  bookishblond | Oct 24, 2018 |
Scott Smith really know how to propel a plot, while never losing sight of the human frailties at the heart of his story. This is really really well-done. ( )
  MichaelBarsa | Dec 17, 2017 |
While hunting a fox who caused their truck to swerve and crash, three men make an astonishing find in the wintry Minnesota woods. Jacob, his buddy Lou and Jacob's younger brother Hank discover a crashed airplane covered in snow. Inside are the dead pilot and duffel filled with four million dollars in cash. Hank wants to alert the authorities, the others want to keep it. Hank yields on one condition: that he keep the money until the plane is discovered in the spring thaw. If no one comes after the money, the three will divide the cash.

Despite swearing the others to secrecy, Hank tells his pretty wife Sarah. She says they shouldn't take all the money so Hank agrees with her and returns some of the money to the plane to avert any suspicion. On lookout duty, Jacob panics and nearly fatally hits a farmer named Dwight who's hunting a fox. Hank prepares to dispose of the body but Dwight regains consciousness. Hank smothers Dwight with his own scarf and stages the death as a snowmobile accident despite. This is believable.

Unemployed Lou threatens to tell the sheriff the truth about Hank killing Dwight unless he gets his share of the money now. Sarah tells Hank to frame Lou for Dwight's death. Jacob reluctantly agrees to double-cross his friend and gets Lou to fake a confession to Dwight's murder. Hank reveals he secretly recorded Lou's confession. Lou threatens to kill Hank, so Jacob shoots Lou dead. Hank kills Lou's wife Nancy makes it look like Lou did it.
Yes it goes on like this; one tragic decision after another. Will anyone get the 4 million and will it be worth it? ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
Tale of men who find a lot of stolen money and try to figure out how to keep it is very well done, although it has an inevitability about it that casts a bit of a pall. ( )
  datrappert | Oct 24, 2016 |
Imagine a life spiraling down to it darkest depths. Imagine now that it gets worse. That is this book. ( )
  jbwlibre | Aug 11, 2016 |
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No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.
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