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The Day of the Jackal Paperback – 15 Jun 1995
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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)
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The book is famous. Most people know the plot (and even if you don't, most know De Gaulle wasn't assassinated), or have seen the film (or both), so the story isn't "Does he success?" It's more "How do they catch him?"
The writing is good too. You might think it'd be dated, but it doesn't feel that way (unlike early Robert Ludlum books say, which are dated). It can be precise in places, but it helps the stop rattle along, which is always a good thing for a thriller.
Most thriller writers at work today could do a lot worse than set aside their keyboard for a day and read (or re-read) this to see where they're going wrong. I read Solo by William Boyd after this and the contrast was stark (Solo is not a good book - and I love most of Boyd's work).
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