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17: The Day of the Jackal

Fredrick Forsyth:

London: Hutchinson, 1971

8vo, first edition, original red cloth lettered in gilt on spine, dust-jacket, minor browning to endpapers, extremities of dust-jacket very slightly frayed

Following a genuine attempt by extreme right wing forces to assassinate President  Charles de Gaulle in 1962, Forsyth takes over the story. He invents an unnamed assassin, codenamed the “Jackal,” and ingeniously plots a further threat to de Gaulle’s life.

Winner 1972 Best Novel Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. The 1973 film based on the novel was directed by Fred Zinnemann with screenplay by Kenneth Ross, and starred Edward Fox and Michael Lonsdale.

Annotated on 7 pages. Approximately 300 words. The annotation is a handwritten seven-page short essay, written on the blanks and endpapers at the front of the book, discussing why snipers no longer use rifles.

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