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A Simple Plan: A Novel by Scott Smith

A Simple Plan: A Novel (edition 1993)

by Scott Smith

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Title:A Simple Plan: A Novel
Authors:Scott Smith
Info:New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1993.
Collections:Read but unowned, Kindle
Tags:1990s, treasure

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A Simple Plan by Scott Smith

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You know that phrase, circling the drain? That’s the best way to describe this novel about greed and the lengths people will go to in the name of it. Recently I was involved in an inheritance process that involved more money than at first suspected. It brought out the worst in some family members so the actions and attitudes of the people in this novel seemed on the money to me. I was a bit surprised by the fluidity of criminal schemes that Hank and Sara came up with on the spur of the moment and also their lack of caution in some areas (keeping the money under the bed? with a newborn in the house???), but mostly the book hung together. It’s basically one bad decision after another with things getting worse and worse, scene by scene.

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There isn’t anyone to root for in this book, but there are degrees of dirt-baggery to be plumbed and not all the deaths are lamentable. Most are though and by the end I was hoping Hank would get caught. He and Sara deserved it. They don’t, but neither do they profit by their crimes and they seem pretty comfortable with them on the whole (all that self-serving justification must have gone down well). The FBI logged about 10% of the serial numbers and without knowing which bills are on the list, the whole pile is worthless. Sara tries everything in her power to hang onto it, right to the bitter end. In a way, I’m glad there wasn’t much denouement to the book since it would have meant spending more time with the two of them. I’m not sure the kid’s accident and subsequent near-vegetative state is effective as a sop to justice though. And I can’t imagine the law ignoring so many deaths in such a short time period, especially when there’s no GSR on Lou’s body. But other than those things, the story is good, compelling and reasonably believable if a sad testament to one of humanity’s least admirable traits. ( )
1 vote Bookmarque | Mar 14, 2015 |
This book was rated as one of the top thrillers ever written in Kirkus Reviews, so I wanted to read it because of that. It wasn't at all like I expected, but it's a very interesting premise for a book. Two brothers and a friend come upon a plane that has crashed in the bush and the pilot is still inside. The pilot is dead, but when Hank Mitchell goes inside the wreckage he finds a duffel bag stuffed with 4.4 million in cash. Hank instantly takes charge and makes a plan that they will take the money and keep it for six months in order to see if the money is being searched for and then, if nothing happens, the money will be divided up among the three of them. The men agree to this plan, but the finding of the money forever changes everyone involved. Reading the book was like watching a disaster unfolding. It went from one bad decision to another as Hank tries to keep the secret and to keep himself from getting caught for stealing. The genius of this author in showing so clearly "that there but for the grace of God go I", is what keeps the momentum going in this book. As I read I couldn't help but put myself into Hank's shoes and it made me question how far I would go if pushed in this way. I would hope that I wouldn't succumb to the temptation to protect the money at all costs like Hank did, but who really knows how one would act in such a situation? The violence that erupts throughout the book was a bit off-putting for me though. But as the story was told from Hank's perspective it placed me in a front-row seat, from Hank's viewpoint, to observe the depths that a seemingly ordinary person can fall to with the right temptation. ( )
1 vote Romonko | Jan 14, 2015 |
vs. movie
  ClosetWryter | Mar 3, 2014 |
Un romanzo che non vedi l'ora di finire e nel contempo che spereresti non finisse mai. Di Smith solamente rammarico: ha scritto due solo due romanzi. Non vedo l'ora che esca il terzo, perché i primi due sono da leggere. ( )
  briolini1113 | Feb 5, 2014 |
I picked this up to fill some time and it's a real page-turner. If you've seen the movie you probably know the plot. Two brothers and a friend discover $4 million in cash in crashed plane. The moral dilemmas escalate from there as they try to hide that they have the money and then kill to keep the secret. An all too-believable story of how otherwise "normal" people get caught up in events that escalate out of control.

A telling quote from Sarah, Hank's wife. Hank is the accountant whom we would assume to be the more moral (why in heaven's name we would assume that is beyond me given the accounting failures of recent years). This comes - SPOILER ALERT - after Hank has shot his friend, his friend's wife, his brother's friend, and his brother, in a plan, now fully supported by Sarah, to keep the millions they found in the plane secret. She says: "What we've done is horrible, but that doesn't make us evil." Yeah, right. They then rationalize how they were "forced" by external pressures to be horrible.

If you get the audio version, avoid the abridged, and get the Recorded Books unabridged read by Peter Bradbury who does a brilliant narration. Audible used to have it available but now lists only the abridged. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
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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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Two brothers and their friend stumble upon the wreakage of a plane--the pilot is dead and his duffle bag contains four million dollars in cash.

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