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The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
Random House Group 1995

An Englishman, known as the Jackal, who was hired to assassinate General de Gaulle, is the central character in this electrifying story. The novel is written in the style of investigative journalism, or a police report; there are hardly any flourishes and there is a great deal of technical information. The narrative hardly enters one’s mind, and this gives the novel a strange, chilling tone that makes the events of the novel seem very convincing indeed.
Frederick Forsyth was born in Kent.

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