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The Day of the Jackal (1971)

by Frederick Forsyth

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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.… (more)
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It's weird doing the research around this. Bits and pieces of real detail, a flavor of history... I learned a lot from the surrounding stories while I read, and came away entertained, but not greatly enamored. Significantly less misogynistic than I expected, which was nice, but very much in vein with Flemming's undertones, if not the overt ass-hattery I find in Bond.

*shrugs*

So a fun read, but mostly for the other stories it led me to. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
A lot of good action and suspense, but at this point pretty dated. The racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia come across very differently now. Always interesting to read action/crime/spy stuff written in a different technological age -- how would an anonymous assassin operate now? ( )
  erikasolberg770 | Nov 3, 2020 |
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  Drfreddy94 | Sep 2, 2020 |
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thrill as he eats lunch! ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
I found this absolutely enthralling. ( )
  carliwi | Sep 23, 2019 |
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Forsyth, Frederickprimary 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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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.

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