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French President Charles de Gaulle handed over Algeria to Algerian nationalists after years of the French fighting and losing their lives. Due to his disgraceful decision, a French terrorist group called the OAS formed to assassinate de Gaulle. After an attempt on his life where several members of the OAS hid along a street, shooting at the President's bullet-proof vehicle, failed, the three top men of the organization hired a professional assassin. Code-named the Jackal, or Chacal in French, the book describes his extensive planning on the attempted killing of de Gaulle. Between the time the Jackal starts his planning and up to the actual day of the planned assassination, a French investigator is hot on his tail. Every inch of turf that the Jackal covers, the investigator, Claude Lebel, goes over just moments behind.
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A high-class British assassin is hired by a renegade French military group,the OAS, to assasinate the President of France, Gen. Charles deGaulle. The assassin, known only as The Jackal, plans meticulously for what he terms as his "Once in a lifetime" hit, which is going to make him richer by half a million dollars. However, the plot is uncovered by French authorities and they appoint Comm. Lebel, a high-results,low-profile cop to trace and stop the Jackal.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   preventing/finding assassin Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   generic terrorists

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   killer    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   French    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   descript. of breasts Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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