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France was infuriated by Charles de Gaulle's withdrawal from Algeria, and there were six known attempts to assassinate the general that failed. This novel dramatizes the seventh, mostly deadly attempt, involving a professional killer for hire who would be unknown to the French Police. His code name was Jackal, his price half a million dollars, and his demand total secrecy, even from his employers.
Step by painstaking step, we follow the Jackal in his meticulous planning, from the fashioning of a specially made rifle to the devising of his approach to the time and the place where the general is to meet the Jackal's bullet. The only obstacle in his path is a small, diffident, rumpled policeman, who happens to be considered by his boss the best detective in France: Deputy Commissaire Claude Lebel.
"Compelling, utterly enthralling....Some of the tensest thriller writing I can remember reading." ( Sunday Express, London)
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By Thomas Allen on 10-14-10
Quite a chase!
This story is quite a chase as we ride along on the investigation for a mysterious man who has been hired to kill France's president. The story is written very engagingly, and I found myself really hoping for the success of all of the authorities involved. But also, I liked the character of the Jackal. Several of his actions and reasons I could totally understand.
Overall, this is an enjoyable story and totally worth the listen. And Simon Prebble does a great job of narration.
34 of 34 people found this review helpful
By Dean on 09-14-11
Holds Up Nicely
When I first thought about getting this book, I wondered how it would hold up after so many years. It was Amazingly Entertaining. Easy to follow, even with the European places and names. It keeps you engaged at every turn right up to the end. I can easily understand why it's considered a 'Classic'. It's a Great Book.
31 of 31 people found this review helpful