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The Day of the Jackal by John Escott
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May 30, 08

Read in May, 2008

An insurgent group hires a professional assassin to kill the president of France. The target is not the guy who got elected, got divorced and married a model. This is 1963, and the president is Charles De Gaulle.
Standing in the assassin's way is an unimposing French detective named Claude Lebel. This character isn't introduced until nearly halfway into the book, and it's after that point that "The Day of the Jackal" becomes hard to put down. The compelling feature of the novel is the battle of wits between the assassin and the unlikely detective.
This political suspense thriller would be particularly appealing for those who like a lot of details and don't like to find any holes in their plots.
It's a little less appealing for those of us who prefer more character development and atmospherics. But only a little less.
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Harry Robb Great review, thank you!


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