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Frederick Forsythe master storyteller and suspense-novelist retired in 1997 and that was a damn shame Since 1971 Forsythe has fabricated some of the best intrigue and espionage novels in the world and many of his books have become films among them The Odessa File The Dogs of War and The Fourth Protocol Perhaps best-known of his novels is his first The Day of the Jackal a work that was so overwhelming in its craft and detail that he was immediately compared to John Le Carre the preeminent spy novelist of the day I first saw Fred Zinnemans The Day of the Jackal many years ago and was so spellbound that I immediately bought the book The book made such a further impression upon me that I have now read every one of Forsythes novels and most more than once I was saddened when he announced his retirement because his skill as a storyteller his ability to describe locales around the world in the finest particulars and his use of red herrings and plot twists have given me hours and hours of pleasure So when a studio decides to make another version of The Day of the Jackal which to them always means improving the original work or updating it for the 90s theres no way I can let it go without a few comments This particular tale of an enigmatic assassin who agrees to take one last job -- the murder of Charles De Gaulle -- is one of the best suspense novels ever written and Fred Zinnemans 1973 film with the screenplay by Kenneth Ross is the most faithful adaptation of any novel that I know The 1997 version Well Im sure you know where Im going with this But you can read along anyway In the early 1960s Charles De Gaulle -- war hero leader of the French Resistance and then-president of France -- did something a
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