One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of an anonymous Englishman who in, the spring of 1963, was hired by Colonel Marc Rodin, operations chief of the O.A.S., to assassinate General de Gaulle.
France was infuriated by Charles de Gaulle's withdrawal from Algeria, and there were six known attempts to assassinate the general that failed. This novel dramatizes the seventh, mostly deadly attempt, involving a professional killer for hire who would be unknown to the French Police. His code name was Jackal, his price half a million dollars, and 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.
©1971 Frederick Forsyth; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"A masterpiece tour de force of crisp, sharp, suspenseful writing." (Wall Street Journal)
"Compelling, utterly enthralling....Some of the tensest thriller writing I can remember reading." (Sunday Express, London)
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
This 1971 novel is set in 1963 France where the French outlaw group Organisation de l'armée secrète (OAS) hired an Englishman who used the name The Jackal to kill Charles de Gaulle. The suspense is intense.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
I am pretty certain I saw the original movie first before reading this Forsythe masterpiece back in the 70's. When I saw this was offered with Simon Prebble narration, i had to give it a try.
The Day of the Jackal is one of the best police procedurals ever written. I understand that most of us have both read it and seen the two film versions. So here iare a few reasons why I think you should give it another go.
- The assasin and the detectives are careful and exceptionally clever.
- Forsythe creates an ingenious plot of intrigue from the openining chapter.
- The political intrigue and pressure placed on the detectives creates remarkable tension in an already suspenseful story.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
This was a daily special I picked up because of the familiar name... not knowing anything about French history, Charles de Gaulle, Frederick Forsyth or the movie... and I didn't take time to read the reviews.
I tried to read the book several times and got lost in the first chapter... this time I finally made it to the second chapter where the story becomes interesting and I couldn't stop. While reading I began to wonder if I was reading a very well researched historical crime or fiction, but refused to check it out on Wikipedia until I finished the book. I think my lack of knowledge made the book better because I didn't know how it was going to end. That said, the book might be a little dated but it grew on me and I'm glad I read it. Certainly the movie couldn't begin to cover the complicated plot.
A bit of sex and some violence, but then the Jackal is a paid assassin... I wasn't sure who I was hoping would come out on top, the brilliant assassin or the quiet and determined policeman.
I thoroughly enjoyed this classic suspense novel. The action was well-paced and the characters were fully developed. I enjoyed every twist and turn in the plot and found the book to be great, even though I had seen the movie version. The reader kept me enthralled and did a wonderful job voicing the characters. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good suspense novel.
No. Too slow moving.
Taken out the sexual references.
I get weary of choosing classic/highly rated books only to stop after less than an hour because of bad language or content.
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This is a solid thriller which proceeds rather slowly for about half the book, then picks up speed and hurtles toward the conclusion, leaving one somewhat breathless. The writing is excellent. I could have done with less detail (how the banks work, how the Jackal takes his coffee, the bureaucracy of French government). This slows the first half of the book, and I feel it could have been condensed. But the book is well worth sticking with; the way Forsyth handles the end is masterful, and Simon Prebble's narration is simply terrific.
I haven't read the book in years and it's still one of the best thrillers ever written. The plot is tight and tense. The narration is superb. The delivery is clipped, just as it's written. This is a winner for anyone who likes thrillers.
I am what you might call a literary philanderer...
Seriously, early in the narrative, the reader is told how the story will end. Then, despite knowing better, we grind our teeth right to the end.
Complex, but accessible. Detailed, while economical. Righteous fun, though ultimately dark and morose. It's no wonder this is heralded as one of the best apt-fiction novels available. Intelligence collection, counterintelligence, investigation, espionage, assassination plots... what more do you want?
I remember reading and enjoying all of Frederick Forsyth's books when I was a teenager. Unfortunately, that's not always the best recommendation. However, listening to "The Day of the Jackal" didn't disappoint – – it's as good as I thought it was going to be. It ages well. It's actually kind of interesting to see how difficult it was to put a little assassination together in the days before the Internet and cell phones. Anyway, this was an excellent listen, and now I'm moving on to another Forsyth book, "The Odessa File."
The story was a little slow in the beginning as the author set the stage. However once it got going it was a great read and hard to put down.
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