‘The one book I must read at least once a year, to remind me how this writing thing is really done. It reminds every thriller writer that perfection has already happened.’ Tony Kent, Daily Express
One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of the struggle to catch a killer before it's too late.
It is 1963 and an anonymous Englishman has been hired by the Operations Chief of the O.A.S. to murder General Charles de Gaulle. A failed attempt the previous year means the target will be nearly impossible to get to. But this latest plot involves a lethal weapon: an assassin of legendary talent.
Known only as The Jackal, this remorseless and deadly killer must be stopped.
But how do you track a man who exists in name alone?
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