A Simple Plan

A Simple Plan

eBook - 2006
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"Spectacular. . . . Ten shades blacker and several corpses grimmer than the novels of John Grisham. . . . Do yourself a favor. Read this book." —Entertainment Weekly

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. In order to hide, keep, and share the fortune, these ordinary men all agree to a simple plan.

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group


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May 07, 2021

An interesting novel. The plot was deliciously evil. The narrative and characterizations were decent and overall make this a readable novel. Worth reading if you are interested in the genre.

Apr 06, 2021

The movie was filmed in my hometown, so it was incredible to finally read the book!

The Bill Paxton/Billy Bob Thornton movie is sort of a lesser-known Fargo like film. Simple Plan is in the tradition of American prairie novels-- the anxiety of cabin fever and the depression of sparsely populated rural areas. Reading the book felt just like watching the movie. The most interesting aspect of the book was that the author showed the main character's revulsion toward his wife's pregnancy-- he's very uncomfortable when she puts his hand on her belly to feel the kicks and is disgusted by her breast feeding. I thought the juxtaposition of the ease in which he brings death and his discomfort with new life was a psychological layer that's difficult to show onscreen.

Nov 06, 2020

A Simple Plan is a story that attempts to reveal the depths of degradation someone will go for personal gain - all the while claiming to be a normal, regular guy like your next door neighbor. The book really isn’t that unique in many respects as any of us can read the daily news, especially today's presidential politics, and gain the same understanding.

Jun 27, 2020

Thought it was implausible and somewhat ridiculous. They weren't that smart so would have been caught.

Jul 25, 2019

A good story, well written, although a bit wordy.

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.

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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