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

by Frederick Forsyth

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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

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The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth (1971)

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The Day of the Jackal (1971) is a classic thriller/spy novel. Much of it is convincing, some is not, but I couldn't wait to find out what happens next. The Jackal's plan of driving from Italy north to Paris gives the novel structure but it was completely unnecessary, he could have flown into Paris weeks before, changed his identity, hold up somewhere and not exposed himself to moving around, but that would have ruined the story. My favorite parts are the descriptions of how the police worked in the days before computers and modern forensics. ( )
1 vote Stbalbach | Sep 22, 2014 |
An outstanding story. ( )
  thksport | Apr 13, 2014 |
I wanted to like this more than I did. Tried to be as forgiving and generous as possible, given that The Day of the Jackal was publish more than 40 years ago. But at times I could not escape the feeling that I was reading an instruction manual. ( )
  stacy_chambers | Jan 13, 2014 |
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**One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written**

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One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, *The Day of the Jackal* is the electrifying story of the struggle to catch a killer before its too late.

It is 1963 and an anonymous Englishman has been hired by the Operations Chief of the O.A.S. to murder General de Galle. A failed attempt in the previous year means the target will be nearly impossible to get to. But this latest plot involves a lethal weapon: an assassin of legendary talent.

Known only as The Jackal this remorseless and deadly killer must be stopped, but how do you track a man who exists in name alone?
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  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
SUMMARY: Contemporary / British English (Available April 2008) A secret organisation plans to assassinate the French President, General de Gaulle. Their leader, Colonel Marc Rodin, decides to hire a professional, someone unknown to French police. He and his men choose the Jackal. Can police detective Claude Lebel stop the killing and save the President's life?
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
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Frederick Forsythprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hernández, RamónTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Niessen-Hossele, J.F.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prebble, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tropea, MarcoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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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.

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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.

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