A Simple Plan

A Simple Plan

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Every year, on 31 December, Hank and his older brother Jacob make a pilgrimage to their father's grave. They have never been close - indeed, they have never even liked one another - but they keep this promise, made to their father before he died. This year Jacob's friend Lou comes with them. As they drive towards the cemetery in Jacob's truck through the snowbound landscape, a fox runs across the road, and they skid on the ice and crash. Jacob's dog chases the fox through the deep snow. The three men follow him, beating their way through the drifts, until they come to a valley where they see a small plane, belly down in the snow. In the pilot's seat is a dead man, his eyes pecked out by the crows. In the back they discover a duffle bag. In the bag is 4.4 million dollars. "A Simple Plan" is a novel that slowly but surely grips the reader by the throat as it unfolds in an inevitable and doomed spiral of events, through murder, betrayal and mass killing. From its deceptively simple beginning, to its horrific and surprising conclusion, it marks the debut of an extraordinary new talent.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 108 x 179 x 27mm | 204g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 055215525X
  • 9780552155250
  • 1,456,790

About Scott Smith

Scott Smith was born in Summit, New Jersey in 1965 and now lives in New Orleans. After studying at Dartmouth College and Columbia University in New York, he took up writing full time. He is also the author of The Ruins.show more

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"'Damned good...for sheer gruesome entertainment, this book is going to take some beating'"show more

Back cover copy

'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 Every New Year's Eve, Hank Mitchell and his older brother Jacob make a pilgrimage to their parents' grave.This year Jacob's friend Lou comes with them. As they drive through thick snow towards the cemetery, a fox runs across the road, and they skid on the ice and crash. Jacob's dog chases the fox, followed by the three men.Beating their way through the drifts, they come upon a small plane, belly down in the snow.In the pilot's seat is a dead man.In the back they discover a duffel bag.In it is over four million dollars in cash... A seemingly foolproof plan to keep the money, without fear of discovery or anyone being hurt, begins Hank's nightmare.From this moment on, his hitherto ordinary and ordered life unfolds into an inevitable spiral of events, through betrayal to murder. From its deceptively simple beginning to its horrific and surprising conclusion, A Simple Plan will have you on the edge of your seat. 'A classic story of crime and punishment' Mail on Sunday 'Damned good...for sheer gruesome entertainment, this book is going to take some beating' Sunday Timesshow more

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18,955 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 31% (5,891)
4 39% (7,426)
3 22% (4,126)
2 6% (1,049)
1 2% (463)
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