The Day of the Jackal is a thriller novel by English writer Frederick Forsyth about a professional assassin who is contracted by the OAS, a French  Author‎: ‎Frederick Forsyth. A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France. Fred Zinnemann. Edward Fox, Terence Alexander, Michel Auclair. Fred Zinnemann's “The Day of the Jackal” is one hell of an exciting movie. I wasn't prepared for how good it really is: it's not just a suspense.


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The Jackal allows himself to be picked up at a gay bathhouse and taken to the man's flat. The next day, the Jackal kills his host after the man learns from a television broadcast that Lundquist is wanted for murder.


At a meeting with the Interior Minister's cabinet, Lebel states his belief that the Jackal will day of the jackal to shoot de Gaulle three days later on Liberation Dayduring a ceremony honouring members of the French Resistance.

Later, Lebel plays a recording of a phone call, in which St.

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Clair's mistress gives information to her OAS contact. Clair leaves the meeting.

Denise returns to St. Clair's apartment to find that he has killed himself and that the police are waiting for her.

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the novel's publication. Murdo Macleod for the Guardian Ina young British journalist returned to London after spending 18 months reporting on the Biafran war. His name was Frederick Forsyth. He was 31 years old and, by his own account, flat broke.

Needing money quickly, he did what any self-respecting hack would have done: Initially entitled The Jackal, it told the story of an unnamed assassin hired to day of the jackal President de Gaulle. The novel took Forsyth just 35 days to write.

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However, one of Thomas's subordinates suggests that if the assassin were an Englishman, but primarily operated abroad, day of the jackal would most probably come to the attention of the Secret Intelligence Service.

Thomas makes an informal inquiry with a friend of his on the SIS's staff, who mentions hearing a rumour from an officer stationed in the Dominican Republic at the time of President Trujillo 's assassination. The rumour states that a hired assassin stopped Trujillo's car with a rifle shot, allowing a gang of partisans to finish him off.

Additionally, Thomas also learns that the assassin was an Englishman, whom he is able to identify as Charles Calthrop. To his surprise, Day of the jackal is summoned in person by the Prime Minister unnamed, but most probably intended to represent Harold Macmillanwho informs him that word of his inquiries has reached higher circles in the British government.

Despite the enmity felt by much of the government against France in general and de Gaulle in particular, the Prime Minister informs Thomas that de Gaulle is his friend, and that the assassin must be identified and stopped, with a limitless day of the jackal of resources, manpower or expenses at Thomas' disposal.

Thomas is handed a commission much similar to Lebel's, with temporary powers allowing him to override almost any other authority in the land.

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Checking out the name day of the jackal Charles Calthrop, Thomas finds a match to a man living in London, said to be on holiday. While Thomas confirms that this Calthrop was in the Dominican Republic at the time of Trujillo's death, he does not feel it is enough to inform Lebel, until one of his junior detectives realises that the first three letters of his Christian name and surname form the French word for Jackal, Chacal.

Unknown to any member of the council in France, there is an OAS mole among them: Through pillow talkthe colonel unwittingly feeds the Jackal a constant day of the jackal of information as to Lebel's progress.