One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, "The Day of the Jackal" is the electrifying story of the struggle to catch a killer before it's too late.
It is 1963 and an anonymous Englishman has been hired by the Operations Chief of the O.A.S. to murder General de Galle. A failed attempt in the previous year means the target will be nearly impossible to get to.
But this latest plot involves a lethal weapon: an assassin of legendary talent.
Known only as The Jackal this remorseless and deadly killer must be stopped, but how do you track a man who exists in name alone?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 07/04/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099557364
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Review by fothpaul
The first thing I mention say about this book, is the extraordinary tension and excitement which kicks in about a third of the way through the book, as they begin to discover the plot and search out the Jackal. This keeps on going right until the very final pages of the novel, this is the only one I can remember where the suspense is so expertly maintained.The initial few chapters did not seem to be too promising and were bogged down somewhat by details of the French police system and the formation of the OAS terrorist organisation. Although it was good background information to the rest of the novel, I’m not sure that it was strictly necessary. This is the only part of the book which I found a bit tedious and the part which kept me from giving it a full 5 stars.I found the character of the Jackal to be fascinating, and it reminded me somewhat of the main character from the film Drive, a man who seems quite pleasant and maybe a little shy, but then you realise that he’s actually a cold blooded killer and not quite all he appears on the outside. I found myself quite liking his character and enjoying his quest, not wanting him to get caught. Then he started killing people because they would ruin his chances of success, and you remember that he is an assassin.The hunt for the Jackal, with the French and British police always one step behind the man they are searching for. The dual narrative style allows the story to flow quickly and the tension to remain at a high. Overall a really enjoyable and well constructed book. Without the initial tedium it would be 5 stars, but would it be the same book without this? Probably not, as it is the authors obsession with detail that makes this such a well constructed book.
Review by AdonisGuilfoyle
Although better written than the other 'assassin' novels I have been reading, Forsyth's classic still dragged for me. Don't get me wrong, the structure, characterisation and factual detail of the story are deftly written, and I appreciate the way in which the narrative is divided between the Jackal and the French detective out to find and stop him, but I have come to the overall conclusion that this is just not my type of book. Far too masculine. The only woman who isn't a victim disappears when her cover is blown - what happened to Jacqueline? A good read, but not a keeper - might try the film for comparison.