HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The day of the jackal by Frederick Forsyth
Loading...

The day of the jackal (original 1971; edition 1989)

by Frederick Forsyth

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
3,441601,565 (4.04)127
Member:clfisha
Title:The day of the jackal
Authors:Frederick Forsyth
Info:1989.
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:crime, thriller, assassination, France, terrorism, Algiers, Charles de Gaulle, 1960s, 2012

Work details

The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth (1971)

  1. 20
    The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth (longway)
  2. 10
    The Dogs of War by Frederick Forsyth (John_Vaughan)
  3. 00
    Phoenix by Amos Aricha (JohnWCuluris)
    JohnWCuluris: Similar plot--perhaps originally inspired by Jackal--with more detail and texture.
  4. 00
    Wolves in the City: The Death of French Algeria by Paul Henissart (John_Vaughan)
  5. 00
    Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household (ivan.frade)
    ivan.frade: About a man plenty of resources to dodge a powerful organization that tries to track him down.
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 127 mentions

English (52)  German (2)  Dutch (2)  Spanish (2)  Danish (1)  Hebrew (1)  All languages (60)
Showing 1-5 of 52 (next | show all)
Listened to this on audiobook and it is quite possibly the best mystery I've had in years (I'm a fan of Agatha Christie, Patricia Highsmith, sometimes John le Carre for calibrating to taste). Super well suited to audio also and the reading by Simon Prebble was nice. Feels like a movie. Not a heartracing thriller, but a steady engaging one. Coolest thing about this book is that it begins with the jackal, and one is almost rooting for him, while later also rooting for the police. So kind of sports-watching enthusiasm thing happening here. Good times had by all. Read this book.
  ahovde01 | Jun 26, 2016 |
Very good read.. fast paced and exciting.
  _RSK | Jan 26, 2016 |
Awesome thriller! It actually started pretty slowly for me, but when it kicked into gear (with the introduction of the Jackal), it really took off! The cat and mouse game between the hired assassin of the French President Charles de Gaulle, the Jackal, and the lead detective from France, Lebel, just gains speed with each page! Move and counter move, check and mate! And it literally doesn't end until the last five pages! Bravo Mr. Forsyth, bravo! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jan 22, 2016 |
Was very '70s and made me think of the television Van der Valk mysteries. So much of the delay in the detective's work was caused by the lack of databases and an internet connection, so much paperwork by so many people that would now be handled by a database query. The Jackal steals a bunch of passports, but I think that might not work so well now, as it did then, again because of the databases. The Jackal is a bit more interesting when he has no backstory at all; when one begins to be supplied he seems impossible. Ultimately, he has to kill quite a few people to reach his objective. In the wake of the recent terrorist activity in Paris the effort that the Jackal goes to in order to smuggle a single gun into France seems bizarre. But, it is a special kind of gun, pretty clearly designed for assassination, such a gun _might_ still present a problem.

The best part of the novel was the fact that it was written very recently after the events that it describes and gives you an idea of some actual historical events and also of how a novelist might present them at that time.

The foolish officer who is constantly passing information to his mistress is too dumb to be true, but if the Jackal didn't get a new warning every day the book could not have gone on so long.

The young police officer who hopes that he'll get a real job for a change is a pretty broad exercise in dramatic irony, but kind of sad nonetheless. ( )
  themulhern | Jan 10, 2016 |
Genre-defining book with tight, suspenseful settings all the way to the climax. One of the best books I've read. ( )
  nvenkataraman1 | Aug 31, 2015 |
Showing 1-5 of 52 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (27 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Frederick Forsythprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hernández, RamónTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Niessen-Hossele, J.F.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prebble, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tropea, MarcoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
To my Mother and Father
First words
It is cold at 6:40 in the morning of a March day in Paris, and it seems even colder when a man is about to be executed by firing squad.
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
ISBN 0854565655 is the Reader's Digest condensed (abridged) version of the book.

Publisher's editors
Information from the Dutch Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (3)

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553266306, Mass Market Paperback)

The Jackal. A tall, blond Englishman with  opaque, gray eyes. A killer at the top of his  profession. A man unknown to any secret service in the  world. An assassin with a contract to kill the  world's most heavily guarded man.

One  man with a rifle who can change the course of  history. One man whose mission is so secretive not  even his employers know his name. And as the  minutes count down to the final act of execution, it  seems that there is no power on earth that can stop  the Jackal.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:21 -0400)

(see all 3 descriptions)

A professional assassin is hired to kill De Gaulle. The plot is traced against a modern background of French politics as the killer evades his would be captor.

(summary from another edition)

» see all 10 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
58 avail.
38 wanted
6 pay11 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (4.04)
0.5
1 4
1.5 4
2 38
2.5 9
3 142
3.5 44
4 347
4.5 49
5 291

Audible.com

4 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Store | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 107,639,177 books! | Top bar: Always visible