The Day of the Jackal

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9780091073909: The Day of the Jackal

An adventure thriller in which an anonymous Englishman who in the spring of 1963, was hired by Colonel Marc Rodin, Operations Chief of the OAS to assassinate General De Gaulle. From the author of THE FIST OF GOD.

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"This was a book that broke the mould. It was the first of the heightened-detail thrillers filled with the sort of in-depth procedural and technical information that have become a large part of the fascination for readers of such books. It's a chase story, about the hunt for somebody, but what makes it so special is that it has a remarkable narrative engine to it, given that we know before we start the book that the assassin is going to fail in his bid to kill a real head of state. The proposition of how you get somebody to read a book from start to finish when they know the ending is handled magnificently. This also took the thriller somewhere else, in that it incorporated real people and events into the story to dramatic effect. Moreover, the assassin showed real genius in coming up with a way to achieve his objective, rather than relying on lazy Bond-style fantasy methods and gadgets. This used 'real-world ingenuity' to show how you could travel unobserved, obtain a false passport, hide a gun and so on. The movie might be good, but the novel is even better." (Lee Child Daily Mail)

"In a class by itself. Unputdownable." ( Sunday Times)

"Mr Forsyth is clever. Very clever and immensely entertaining." ( Daily Telegraph)

"I was spellbound ... riveted by this chilling story." ( Guardian)

"The secret of the novel's success was not its prose style... but it's intimations of expertise." ( Independent)

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"In a class by itself. Unputdownable." ( Sunday Times)

"Mr Forsyth is clever. Very clever and immensely entertaining." ( Daily Telegraph)

"I was spellbound ... riveted by this chilling story." ( Guardian)

"It is no exaggeration to say The Day of the Jackal has influenced a generation of thriller writers... Before, thrillers were self-evidently works of the imagination. Forsyth changed all that; never before had a popular novelist created a world that seemed indistinguishable from real life... Few writers can claim to have changed the literary landscape. Forty years ago, a penniless British journalist, unwittingly or not, did just that" ( Guardian)

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