The Day of the Jackal

The Day of the Jackal

eBook - 2010
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France, infuriated by Charles de Gaulle's withdrawal from Algeria, had failed in six known attempts to assassinate the General. This book postulates that the seventh, mostly deadly attempt involved a professional killer-for-hire who would be unknown to the French Police. His code name: Jackal. His price: half a million dollars. His demand: total secrecy, even from his employers. Step by painstaking step, we follow the Jackal in his meticulous planning, from the fashioning of a specially made rifle to the devising of his approach to the time and the place where the General is to meet the Jackal's bullet. The only obstacle in his path is a small, diffident, rumpled policeman, who happens to be considered by his boss the best detective in France: Deputy Commissaire Claude Lebel.
Publisher: London : Arrow Books, [2010]
ISBN: 9781407095998
1407095994
Characteristics: 1 online resource (332 p.)

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Librarian_Deb Aug 23, 2016

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Review This classic thriller still has the power to enthrall readers today--at least it enthralled me. The first chapter had me wondering, because there is some background on the French political situation of the time. But then I was all of a sudden immersed into the actions of a group of revolutionaries who are attempting to assassinate De Gaulle. From that point on the cat and mouse game between a police detective and the hired assassin out to get De Gaulle had me hooked. Forsyth lays out the meticulous planning of the assassin on one hand, counterbalanced by the efforts of the detective on the other. I highly recommend this book for fans of thrillers, especially if they books of espionage or that deal with political matters.

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almasood
Oct 13, 2015

Razor sharp suspense and uncannily accurate. Reads like a true account .... until the very end.
This consummate assassin who was meticulous right to the very end, commits a fatal faux-pas.
When the Jackal limps down the avenue as a war veteran, and he is stopped by the policeman, why on earth would he make the mistake of telling the Sûreté agent the address of the place where he was going to shoot De Gaulle??
Other than that the determination of the Jackal and his attention of detail has become a trademark of Forsythe!

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LyndaLovelyWright
Apr 22, 2015

Not a topic of interest to me.

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pollyvirgil
Apr 03, 2015

This is my first Forsyth, and I was thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommended, this is easily up there with Clancy, Flynn, or Thor.

kdwaynec Nov 22, 2014

Great! It was on a "top ten" list & it was so good, I read it twice! I wanna see the movie now.
"Chacal"!
"Lebel"!

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madlibscientist
Mar 14, 2010

A highly enjoyable read! Forsyth manages to mix historic fact with fiction and creates one of the most mysterious and professional paid assassin I have ever encountered. The authors attention to detail, his knowledge of the security services, and his pacing of the novel makes this a page-turner!

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