The Day of the Jackal Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Dec 2009
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"This was a book that broke the mould. It was the first of the heightened-detail thrillers filled with the sort of in-depth procedural and technical information that have become a large part of the fascination for readers of such books. It's a chase story, about the hunt for somebody, but what makes it so special is that it has a remarkable narrative engine to it, given that we know before we start the book that the assassin is going to fail in his bid to kill a real head of state. The proposition of how you get somebody to read a book from start to finish when they know the ending is handled magnificently. This also took the thriller somewhere else, in that it incorporated real people and events into the story to dramatic effect. Moreover, the assassin showed real genius in coming up with a way to achieve his objective, rather than relying on lazy Bond-style fantasy methods and gadgets. This used 'real-world ingenuity' to show how you could travel unobserved, obtain a false passport, hide a gun and so on. The movie might be good, but the novel is even better." (Lee Child Daily Mail)
"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)
"The secret of the novel's success was not its prose style... but it's intimations of expertise." (Independent) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The 40th Anniversary edition of one of the most celebrated thrillers ever written --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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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.
is always in line with the story and " builds the picture" then as you are drawn into the story,you cruise along till the climax ( and often the anti climax of knowing that the story is finished..........though, I've found the cure for that, I have my next FF novel,waitin to be started!.Enjoy,I did.
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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