The Day of the Jackal Hardcover – 7 Jun 1971
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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.
One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
having just read Forsyth's new book "the outsider" which is about his own very interesting life, I decided to read one of his books and i chose the day of the jackal as i... Read morePublished 3 days ago by ANNE WRAITH
Fredrick Forsyth's book is, of course, the thriller of our time. This review is about the Macmillan Collectors' Library edition. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Justin Prichard
so well written and researched that you can't be anything else than "in" the storyPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I am a voracious reader but had never read a Forsyth novel. I knew the story from the fabulous film. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr Nicholas walker