A Simple Plan (novel)

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A Simple Plan
First edition
Author Scott Smith
Country United States
Language English
Genre Thriller
Publisher Knopf
Publication date
August 31, 1993
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages 335 pp
ISBN 0-679-41985-3
OCLC 27187407
Dewey Decimal 813/.54 20
LC Class PS3569.M5379759 S57 1993

A Simple Plan is a 1993 thriller novel by Scott Smith. The New York Times review said the book had "emotional accuracy with an exceptionally skilled plot." A film adaptation, directed by Sam Raimi, was released in 1998; according to the Times review, the novel is so dark that the story was adjusted to soften the ending.[1]


Three men find an airplane crashed in a rural Northern Ohio forest. The pilot is dead and the cockpit contains a gym bag with $4.4 million in one-hundred-dollar notes. They decide to keep the money, dividing it equally, but their plans go wrong when others come close to discovering their secret, resulting in multiple murders including one man killing the other two. It is revealed to him that the serial numbers of the money have been recorded, which leads him to kill again in order to retrieve the bills he has spent.


  1. ^ Kamiya, Gary (July 30, 2006). "Welcome to the Jungle". The New York Times. Retrieved June 17, 2012.