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A Simple Plan Paperback – 4 Mar 1999

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Books; New edition edition (4 Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055214391X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552143912
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,598,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Damned good...for sheer gruesome entertainment, this book is going to take some beating'" (The Sunday Times)

"'A classic story of crime and punishment'" (Mail on Sunday)

"That rare and satisfying combination: a compulsive thriller which also happens to be a beautifully-written and original work of art" (Robert Harris, author of Fatherland)

"Simply the best suspense novel of this year - hell of the 90s" (Stephen King)

"Astonishing...A harrowing exploration of the banality of evil" (Vanity Fair) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The bestselling thriller and major film. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading this book and am almost breathless and filled with a desire to lock all the doors and windows! A Simple Plan tells the story of average guy Hank, who, with his brother and his friend, finds millions of dollars in a crashed plane. His first inclination is to turn the money in, but he is persuaded to keep the money. One thing leads to another, and before he knows it, he has murdered someone to protect his secret. This is just the first in a series of blood-curdling events that fill the story with such amazing intensity that you will not be able to put the book down until you finish it.
Hank narrates the story in the first person in a very calm, rational, and guiltless manner. Each act is, to him, completly necessary and therefore, justified. The violence comes quickly and, just when you think it won't get any bloodier, it does. The one constant thread throughout the book, is that Hank still considers himself to be a regular guy, despite having committed unspeakable acts. His conscience is clear and life can go on with very few regrets.
Scott Smith has written a wonderfully suspenseful story that keeps building and building. I have seen the film version; it is not as graphically violent (it couldn't be!) and not as relentless in its horror. I recommend this book to fans of suspense, mystery, and crime. It is a thrilling story!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
This is, without a doubt, an amazing debut novel. It is a modern day morality tale, which sees people's lives change significantly, when they come upon a veritable treasure trove of money. The change is not necessarily for the better, as the reader will discover.
The plot revolves around two, small town brothers, Hank and Jacob Mitchell, who, along with Jacob's friend, Lou, inadvertently come upon a downed plane that is buried in the snow, deep in the woods of a rural area. In that plane is a dead pilot, along with four million dollars in cold, hard cash. All three of them could sure use the money. The question is, what are they going to do about it?
They come up with what they think is a simple plan. They will take the money and just wait and see, not spending it, until the coast seems clear. From the moment they make this decision, life is never the same for any of them. Hank, taking charge of the money for safekeeping, begins to undergo a change that is seemingly uncharacteristic for one who is outwardly so respectable, rational, and benign of countenance.
As the issue of the money begins to divide the three accomlices, greed and betrayal bubble to the surface, to culminate in a series of chilling, cold blooded murders. Meanwhile, Hank, manipulated by his Lady MacBeth of a wife, Sarah, begins a personal downward spiral, succumbing to an evil so profound, that it will leave the reader astounded.
What happens to them all makes for an amazingly powerful and riveting story of psychological suspense. Written in clean, spare prose, this well crafted novel is a riveting page turner that grips the reader from the inception, holding the reader in its thrall until its climactic conclusion. The ending serves to show the reader that what goes around does, indeed, come around.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By simon gurney HALL OF FAME on 21 May 2002
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What a great book. And hard to review without giving away to much of the story.
The twisted logic and spiral of paranoia and violence which spins out from this simple plan is hillarious.
A rollercoaster ride in which you are firmly onside with the protagonist as he lurches from one nightmare to another, and cant help but cringe as things take a turn for the worst.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 May 2001
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Though by the time you reach the end this book may leave you rather depressed, it is a thrilling roller-coaster of emotions on the way. The stroy tells of the moral dilemmas faced by an ordinary, hard-working man as his life spirals out of control when he stumbles across a large amount of stolen money, and the efforts he goes to in order to keep the cash.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan on 10 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
I chose this book after reading several Amazon reviews praising how good it was... and I was not disappointed. For 3 days I was unable to put this book down, it had me completely gripped. The story will leave you asking so many questions to yourself. I guarantee that you will put yourself in the shoes of not only the main character Hank but also his friends and family too. This is a simple tale of one person's moral dilemma - what is the right thing to do? I'd like to think that if I found a stack of money in the middle of nowhere then I would report it to the police, but hey that would be a pretty dull story wouldn't it? This is the first Scott Smith book I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will definitely be checking out his work in the future.
The reason I didn't give it 5 stars I will mention now. I don't want to spoil too much of the plot to anyone who has not read the book so:

if you are one of these people STOP READING THIS REVIEW NOW (SPOILERS AHEAD)

OK I think the scene at Lou's place where the big killing spree took place was hard to believe. I don't believe that 4 people were killed in this house and the police believed Hank's story. He even admitted himself that he was rushed and he was worried about leaving some evidence behind. Also this was a big turning point in Hank's character Up until this point I had been able to relate to him, and think despite his actions he was doing them for a reason. To protect Jacob by finishing off Pederson, providing for his wife and child by taking the money in the first place. Even shooting Nancy was done in self defence. But when he murdered Sonny in cold blood, this is where the story became less believable for me.
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