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The remaining OAS leaders, now hiding in Austria, decide to make another attempt, and hire a professional British assassin, who chooses the code name "Jackal". They order several bank robberies to pay his fee: Meanwhile, the Jackal travels to Genoa and commissions a custom-made rifle and fake identity papers.
He kills the forger when the man tries to blackmail him.
In Paris, he sneaks an impression of the key to a flat that overlooks the Place du 18 juin Wolenski dies under interrogation, but not before the agents have extracted some information about the plot, including the word "Jackal".
The Interior Minister convenes a secret cabinet meeting of the heads of the French security forces. When asked to provide his best detective, Police Commissioner Berthier recommends his deputy, Claude Lebel.
Soon afterwards, Lebel is given special emergency powers to conduct his investigation, which is complicated by de Gaulle's refusal to change his planned public appearances. Clair, a personal aide to the President and one of the cabinet members, discloses what the government knows to his mistress Denise, who passes this information on to her OAS contact.
Meanwhile, Lebel determines that British suspect Charles Calthrop may be travelling under the name Paul Oliver Duggan, who died as a child, and has entered France.
Although he is told the authorities know about the plot, the Jackal carries on. He seduces the aristocratic Colette de Montpellier. Just before Lebel and his men arrive, the Jackal escapes and drives to Madame de Montpellier's country estate. After sleeping with her again and discovering that the police have talked to her, he strangles de Montpellier.
The Jackal then assumes the identity of a bespectacled Danish schoolteacher named Per Lundquist. He drives to the railway station and catches a train for Paris.
After Madame de Montpellier's body is discovered and her car recovered at the railway station, Lebel initiates an open manhunt, no longer hindered by secrecy concerns.
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 attempt 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. Clair's mistress gives information to her OAS contact.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 dissident paramilitary organisation, to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France.
In , Frederick Forsyth published a novel that revolutionized the spy-thriller genre. He was a journalist in Paris when French President Charles de Gaulle granted independence to Algeria in Angry French militants vowed to assassinate the president.
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That The Day of the Jackal has become a handbook for maniacs. Fredrick Forsyth’s The Day of The Day of the Jackal, written by Fredrick Forsyth, is a fictional novel that displays the author’s brilliance by setting a mood and connecting you with the characters. The Day of the Jackal was written by Frederick Forsyth and published in Widely regarded as a classic, it is often mentioned in lists of the top ten spy novels of all time.
Although not strictly a spy novel, as neither of the protagonists is a spy, it does involve clandestine plots, and political assassination is a perennial spy-thriller theme.