The Day of the Jackal

The Day of the Jackal

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Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
After six men fail in individual attempts to assassinate President de Gaulle, Jackal accepts the task and lays careful plans to insure his success

Publisher: New York : Viking Press, [1971]
ISBN: 9780670259366
0670259365
9780553266306
0553266306
Branch Call Number: FIC Forsyth, F 1971
Characteristics: 380 pages ; 23 cm

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Librarian_Deb Aug 23, 2016

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Review This classic thriller still has the power to enthrall readers today--at least it enthralled me. The first chapter had me wondering, because there is some background on the French political situation of the time. But then I was all of a sudden immersed into the actions of a group of revolutionaries who are attempting to assassinate De Gaulle. From that point on the cat and mouse game between a police detective and the hired assassin out to get De Gaulle had me hooked. Forsyth lays out the meticulous planning of the assassin on one hand, counterbalanced by the efforts of the detective on the other. I highly recommend this book for fans of thrillers, especially if they books of espionage or that deal with political matters.

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almasood
Oct 13, 2015

Razor sharp suspense and uncannily accurate. Reads like a true account .... until the very end.
This consummate assassin who was meticulous right to the very end, commits a fatal faux-pas.
When the Jackal limps down the avenue as a war veteran, and he is stopped by the policeman, why on earth would he make the mistake of telling the Sûreté agent the address of the place where he was going to shoot De Gaulle??
Other than that the determination of the Jackal and his attention of detail has become a trademark of Forsythe!

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LyndaLovelyWright
Apr 22, 2015

Not a topic of interest to me.

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pollyvirgil
Apr 03, 2015

This is my first Forsyth, and I was thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommended, this is easily up there with Clancy, Flynn, or Thor.

kdwaynec Nov 22, 2014

Great! It was on a "top ten" list & it was so good, I read it twice! I wanna see the movie now.
"Chacal"!
"Lebel"!

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madlibscientist
Mar 14, 2010

A highly enjoyable read! Forsyth manages to mix historic fact with fiction and creates one of the most mysterious and professional paid assassin I have ever encountered. The authors attention to detail, his knowledge of the security services, and his pacing of the novel makes this a page-turner!

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