'As gripping now as it was 50 years ago' THE TIMES
'Masterful suspense . . . The Day of the Jackal changed the shape of popular fiction from the moment it was finished' BEN MACINTYRE
50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY LEE CHILD
One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the exhilarating story of the struggle to catch a killer before it's too late.
1963. An anonymous Englishman is hired by the Operations Chief of French terrorist organisation O.A.S. to murder the French president, General Charles de Gaulle. A failed attempt in the previous year means the target will be nearly impossible to reach.
Only one man could do the job: an assassin of legendary talent known only as The Jackal.
This remorseless and deadly killer must be stopped. But he is a man without a name, without an identity; a lethal spectre.
How can you stop an assassin nobody can identify? The task falls to the best detective in France - and the price of failure is unthinkable.
'In a class by itself. Unputdownable' SUNDAY TIMES
'Very clever and immensely entertaining' DAILY TELEGRAPH
'A perfect example of the adventure story . . . well written, entirely believable, with this intriguing, enigmatic character at its centre' ROBERT HARRIS
'A year-zero, game-changing thriller, one of the most significant of all time' LEE CHILD
'Wonderful and way ahead of its time' JAMES PATTERSON
'An extraordinary book' NICK ROBINSON, BBC RADIO 4 TODAY PROGRAMME
'A masterpiece' MARCUS SCRIVEN, MAIL ON SUNDAY
'I was spellbound . . . riveted by this chilling story.' GUARDIAN
In a class by itself. Unputdownable.
Mr Forsyth is clever. Very clever and immensely entertaining.
I was spellbound ... riveted by this chilling story.
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