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The Day of the Jackal Hardcover – 7 Jun 1971

4.7 out of 5 stars 195 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson; Re-issue edition (7 Jun. 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091073901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091073909
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 15.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
It was a book of depth, daring writing and nail- biting moments. This book had everything anyone would want when it comes to Action, Fact-based plots and daring characters. The book follows the path of it's two central characters: The Jackal and The man employed to track him down. The Jackal is an international assassin employed by a rebellious organistion to murder the French President Charles De Gaulle. He is one of the most intriguing characters I have ever read about ,with a cold hard personality but a still powerful charisma, he prepares for his most important moment: His final ,and most challenging, murder. The man sent after him is but a simple inspector in the French Police. He has no information and little time. He must act quickely with everything to lose for he knows if he fails he will have to take the fall. As the plot heats up you are carried through some amazingly described locations and a depth in the plot that is unusual ,but put to great use, for thrillers. the additional characters are many but none without a history. In the mind of the reader these characters come to life. As far as I could see there are no down-sides to this book however it is not for the young. There are some scenes of a sexual nature. Reader beware. But for those who read these will definitely find that at no point will it be a struggle to keep going as you will not let go until you reach the last word. I gaurantee you will sit back thinking nothing but 'WOW!' Obviously I won't be telling you the ending but clear your schedule because once you've started reading you won't stop.
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Format: Paperback
I envy the reader who is about to read The Day of The Jackal for the first time! I have told sceptical friends to read "only the first chapter...and then decide!" The first chapter alone is a good enough reason to pick up this novel. If you do so then you will read the rest of the novel to answer the lifelong riddle: "what happens next!?"
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By A Customer on 6 Jun. 2004
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. Forsythe is so clever and he pays attention to every single detail, so much so that you forget that the book is set in the 1960s because it feels so real.
I found the story gripping from start to finish and I was surprised that I was impressed with the Jackal's clinical precision and professionalism. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, it is a pure classic!
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This is the original crime/suspense thriller and still the best. In over 10 years of trying I have still not found a thriller novel to compare to The Day of the Jackal. Mr Forsyth hooks you right in and the plot is so pacey and so clever you just won't want to stop reading. I doubt you'll ever read a bad review of this book and I only wish I could find more like it.
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Frederick Forsyth is the master of the nearly (but could be) true thriller, one of only a handful of authors who regularly create a gripping, unputdownable tale of such believability. No doubt there were many in post-war France who would like to have bumped off de Gaulle; did this particular attempt actually happen? We'll never know, but what a great story. Recommended.
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Frederick Forsyths first novel is arguably his best work. It must have taken him an inordinate amount of time to research this book. From how to obtain a fake passport to smuggling weapons overseas its all in here. Almost a veritable how to become an international assasins guidebook. The pace never lets up and its one of those books you dont want to finish as you know whatever you choose next wont be as good. This novel is living proof that writing is a skill out of the reach of most of us and mastered by all but a few. I really cant think of any better thriller than this.
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By A Customer on 17 Jan. 2003
Format: Paperback
I've never been tempted to write one of these reviews before so it took something pretty special to change my mind. 'Day of the Jackal' is pretty special, so here I am, after staying awake most of the night reading it through to the end, writing my first review. And what a book. Written from an almost historical point of view, the author clearly researched the background for the story with painstaking precision: the places he describes are vividly real; no character, however small the part, is introduced without a past; and the machinations of the various European police forces and politicians are a joy to read.
The Jackal himself is brilliantly portrayed as an heroic villain: almost robotic and often terrifying, yet there was a guilty thrill watching him stay one step ahead of the chasing authorities. Against him is the quiet French detective Lebel, tasked to track him down against overwhelming odds, and tensions run at fever pitch as the two get closer to meeting.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. As a debut novel it is unsurpassed, and as a crime thriller it will suck you in and leave you breathless at the end.
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It must be a very happy person that has completed a first ever novel, and for that novel to be 'The Day Of The Jackal.' I have seen the movie many times and love it, but had never read the book ...until now. The book is so well researched and paced that nothing much had to change for the big screen, but I still couldn't wait to turn the page to see what was about to happen next. Brilliant stuff.
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