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)
This genuine plot and how it was solved is beyond belief except it is true. This novel gives IN COLD BLOOD a run for its money
Great in all respects. Highly recommended action thriller. You won't be able to stop listening. I'm going to look for more great books from the same author.
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?
As an idol for idiot worshippers, it behooves me to be as well-read as possible. But being an idiot I prefer to be read to.
Very suspenseful and well paced, a well constructed thriller, but the narrator has some issues with some French words. For instance, that's not how La Marseillaise goes, also jour is pronounced like sh-oo-r not sh-uh-r.
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