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 de Galle. A failed attempt in 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?
Fondamentalmente l'ho letto perché l'ho trovato in bookcrossing mentre facevo una estenuante attesa in ospedale. Pregi: la descrizione, relativamente di prima mano, di come funzionavano i servizi di sicurezza a quei tempi, il ritmo e la facilità di lettura. I difetti: si riduce tutto a quelle prime tre qualità. Trama ridotta all'osso, personaggi senza la minima sfaccettatura, prosa mai ammaliante, chiusure dei paragrafi da romanzo d'appendice. Onestamente: mi ha fatto passare qualche ora senza noia, ma non mi ha neanche lasciato niente che valga la pena ricordare....Continua
According to the blurb, this book is "one of the most celebrated thrillers ever written". It is not an exaggeration. It is really that good.
The first part, <Anatomy of a plot>, is already captivating, with its rich details of the preparation to assassinate General de Gaulle. In the second part, <Anatomy of a manhunt>, the pace quickens continuously, and before long I have found myself flipping page after page, oblivious to where I was and what time it was. The third part, <Anatomy of a kill>, I didn't even notice because I was too desperate to get to the end, in order to catch a breath.
The Day of the Jackal is really a masterpiece. It's so great that from now on, I'll probably compare every thriller-detective novel to it....Continua