History Literature / TheDayOfTheJackal

17th Feb '17 3:10:15 AM J-Star
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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: When the Jackal commits a murder, it gives the authorities an opportunity to drop De Gaulle's secrecy provision and hunt him openly.

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Three instances where the Jackal's precautions actually help the police...
** The Jackal gets a false passport to conceal his identity. The police detects the ploy which gives them a name and a passport photo to use in the hunt. Had he gone by his real identity the police would never have left square one, being stranded chasing [[spoiler: innocent Charles Calthrops]].
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When the Jackal commits a murder, ostensibly to cover his tracks, it gives the authorities an opportunity to drop De Gaulle's secrecy provision and hunt him openly.openly.
** The Jackal steals the murder victim's car instead of just using the slightly dented one he arrived with. This makes the police [[spoiler: nearly catch him]], it provides them with a name and photo of his backup identity, and alerts them to the fact that [[spoiler:the Jackal has made it safely to Paris]].



* PoliceAreUseless: Averted by Lebel, who is very effective at his job. Though played straight as to the reasons why he was brought in to begin with: the authorities had nothing to go on regarding the Jackal's identity since they have no name or face.

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* PoliceAreUseless: Averted by Lebel, who is very effective at his job. Though played straight as to job, and the reasons why he was brought in to begin with: fact that through very hard manual work the authorities had nothing to go police remains on regarding the Jackal's identity since tail throughout the plot. Played straight when they have no name or face.over-confidently think they will catch The Jackal soon and dismiss Lebel.



* TooDumbToLive: The forger tries to blackmail a professional killer.



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* HollywoodSilencerHaveYouToldAnyoneElse: The Jackal's lover inadvertantly lets the Jackal know that, no, they have not told the police that they noticed the Jackal's face on TV.
* HollywoodSilencer: Averted because the ammunition is small caliber, probably .22; the ammunition is apparently subsonic, it takes a very noticeable time from shot to the impact even though the target is only 120 meters / 400 feet out; the chamber is closed, with no openings before the suppressor and the muzzle; and the noise that remains is a distinct "'''thump'''", but that would be completely drowned out by the noise and commotion of the ceremony anyway.


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* OhCrap: The Jackal's lover has seen their new house guest's face all over TV and not bothered to find out what that was about. They go home, inform said house guest that their face is on TV, turns on TV, and gets to hear the reason. See TooDumbToLive below.


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* TooDumbToLive: The Jackal has gone into hiding by picking up a lover and living in with them for a while. The lover sees their new house guest's face all over TV, but does '''not''' stop to think "I wonder what that is all about?", and instead goes right back home and informs the guest that their face is all over TV, with a jovial carefree air that lets the Jackal know that the police has not been informed about this. Then they turn on TV and get to hear what the hubbub is actually about. OhCrap moment and inevitability ensues.
14th Feb '17 5:47:57 AM DoctorNemesis
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* MuggingTheMonster: The forger who decides that it would be a very good idea to blackmail the rather sinister Englishman clearly up to no good who has ''already'' spooked the crap out of him once before. He learns why this is a colossal mistake a bit too late.
14th Feb '17 5:33:43 AM DoctorNemesis
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* WhatYouAreInTheDark: The British Prime Minister (unnamed, but heavily hinted to be Harold Macmillan) has a moment like this at one point; an inspector in his country's police has been approached by the French authorities to follow up on a seemingly minor but potentially crucial aspect on the case. However, the Prime Minister has every reason to block the matter; de Gaulle has sabotaged British entry into the European Common Market (and, by extension, the Prime Minister's career), his government is full of obstructionists opposed to the French on principle, he's going to be out of office soon and no one would know if he did anything. [[spoiler: The Prime Minister's conscience ultimately wins the day and he instructs the inspector to give the French his full and complete help in the matter.]]
6th Dec '16 6:15:52 AM DoctorNemesis
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* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: Very subtly done. When the forger attempts to blackmail the Jackal, through his negotiations it gradually becomes clear that the Jackal is scoping out the possibility of anyone noticing if the forger simply disappeared.

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* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: HaveYouToldAnyoneElse:
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Very subtly done. When the forger attempts to blackmail the Jackal, through his negotiations it gradually becomes clear that the Jackal is scoping out the possibility of anyone noticing if the forger simply disappeared.disappeared.
** Defied by the gunsmith, however, who -- while he doesn't actually ''tell'' anyone else -- makes a point of informing the Jackal that he has a habit of storing incriminating evidence relating to his clients in a place which will be rather easy to find in the event that some strange and sudden misfortune should befall him. The Jackal gets the message and lets him go, although not without ''also'' making it clear that should anything about his dealings with the gunsmith become known, the Jackal will subsequently make it his life's work to hunt down and execute the gunsmith in as painful a method as possible. The gunsmith ''also'' gets the message.
3rd Nov '16 4:17:10 PM dlchen145
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* BadAss: The Jackal. Ruthless, intelligent, elusive and a cold-blooded killer.
** Lebel, too. He alone finds the one man that the entire French security force couldn't. And kills him.
27th Apr '16 9:05:35 PM dmcreif
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In 1963, after [[{{UsefulNotes/Algeria}} a deeply divisive and costly Civil War]], French President UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle has granted independence to Algeria. His decision is seen as a betrayal by many of his former supporters. A disenchanted paramilitary group, the OAS, has vowed to kill de Gaulle in revenge but each plot has failed. In desperation, the OAS turn to a mysterious foreign assassin, known only as ''The Jackal'', to carry out the job. The government learns of the plot, but know nothing of the would-be assassin besides his code name. So they call upon the best detective in France: Deputy Commissioner Claude Lebel, who is given unlimited authority to capture or kill The Jackal, with only two requirements: no publicity, and do not fail.

The 1973 movie holds us for nearly two and a half hours as we watch as the Jackal's plans proceed with inexorable precision, as Lebel struggles to thwart a man of whom he knows nothing: no name, no picture, no nationality. He isn't even sure if the plot is real or simply the ravings of a tortured terrorist. To make matters worse, the terrorists have infiltrated the French Cabinet, and the Jackal is being passed valuable information about the pursuit. After the members of the cabinet tire of Lebel using the authority they granted him to find the cabinet member who is leaking information, they essentially fire him, thinking they can find the Jackal easily enough. When that doesn't work, they reluctantly call Lebel back, in desperation, because the Jackal has eventually disappeared, and they need to find him before he carries out the assassination.

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In 1963, after [[{{UsefulNotes/Algeria}} a deeply divisive and costly Civil War]], French President UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle has granted independence to Algeria. His decision is seen as a betrayal by many of his former supporters. A disenchanted paramilitary group, the OAS, Organisation de L'Armée Secrète (OAS), has vowed to kill de Gaulle in revenge but each plot has failed. In desperation, the OAS turn to a mysterious foreign assassin, known only as ''The Jackal'', "The Jackal", to carry out the job. The government learns of the plot, but know nothing of the would-be assassin besides his code name. So they call upon the best detective in France: Deputy Commissioner Claude Lebel, who is given unlimited authority to capture or kill The Jackal, with only two requirements: no publicity, and do not fail.

The 1973 movie film adaptation holds us for nearly two and a half hours as we watch as the Jackal's plans proceed with inexorable precision, as Lebel struggles to thwart a man of whom he knows nothing: no name, no picture, no nationality. He isn't even sure if the plot is real or simply the ravings of a tortured terrorist. To make matters worse, the terrorists have infiltrated the French Cabinet, and the Jackal is being passed valuable information about the pursuit. After the members of the cabinet tire of Lebel using the authority they granted him to find the cabinet member who is leaking information, they essentially fire him, thinking they can find the Jackal easily enough. When that doesn't work, they reluctantly call Lebel back, in desperation, because the Jackal has eventually disappeared, and they need to find him before he carries out the assassination.



* BoringButPractical: Lebel eschews fancy espionage tradecraft in favor of simply looking at the case deeper than the other guys. In fact, this is exactly how he catches the Jackal: During the Liberation Day parade, he goes around the security cordon and asks the patrol guards one by one until he stumbles upon one guard who let in a guy who fits the Jackal's profile.

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* BoringButPractical: Lebel eschews fancy espionage tradecraft in favor of simply looking at the case deeper than the other guys. In fact, this is exactly how he catches the Jackal: During the Liberation Day parade, he goes around the security cordon and asks the patrol guards gendarmes one by one until he stumbles upon one guard who let in a guy who fits the Jackal's profile.



* CannotKeepASecret: Part of the reason the OAS hires an outsider to assassinate De Gaulle is because their own rank and file are littered with Action Service infiltrators, meaning almost nothing they plot is secret for long.



* ClockDiscrepancy: The 1962 assassination attempt failed because Bastien-Thiery was consulting the almanac for the wrong year and so misjudged when sunset was. This made it too dark for the gunmen to see his signal and they opened fire too late.

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* ClockDiscrepancy: The 1962 assassination attempt on De Gaulle failed because Bastien-Thiery was consulting the almanac for the wrong year and so misjudged when sunset was. This made it too dark for the gunmen to see his signal and they opened fire too late.



* HoneyTrap: One character in the book was the girlfriend of a (now dead) OAS member and she starts up a relationship with a high-ranking French official so she can learn about developments in the investigation and aid the Jackal.

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* HoneyTrap: One character in the book was Denise, the girlfriend of a (now dead) OAS member and she starts up a relationship with member, is paid to bed a high-ranking French official so she the OAS can learn about developments in the investigation and aid the Jackal.



* {{Jerkass}}: Colonel Saint-Clair de Villauban of the President's staff, a disdainful, snobby and nakedly ambitious careerist whose primary contributions to the Jackal crisis are pompous recitations of things that everyone present already knows or condescending skepticism towards Lebel's many efforts, which he frequently attempts to pick apart and undermine partly out of snobbery towards the low-born mid-ranking police officer and partly so that he can make sure he's seen to be on the right side should Lebel's efforts fail. [[spoiler: He is also TheMole, albeit unwittingly, but his unthinking willingness to blurt out everything that's going on to his mistress doesn't help the reader's opinion of him or his competence.]]

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* {{Jerkass}}: Colonel Saint-Clair de Villauban of the President's from De Gaulle's staff, a disdainful, snobby and nakedly ambitious careerist whose primary contributions to the Jackal crisis are pompous recitations of things that everyone present already knows or condescending skepticism towards Lebel's many efforts, which he frequently attempts to pick apart and undermine partly out of snobbery towards the low-born mid-ranking police officer and partly so that he can make sure he's seen to be on the right side should Lebel's efforts fail. [[spoiler: He is also TheMole, albeit unwittingly, but his unthinking willingness to blurt out everything that's going on to his mistress doesn't help the reader's opinion of him or his competence.]]



* ReverseMole: The OAS is so full of Action Service infiltrators that its head trusts only two others and has to rely on an outsider, namely the title assassin, for the task.

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* ReverseMole: The OAS is so full of Action Service infiltrators that its head Rodin trusts only two others Montclair and Casson, and has to rely on an outsider, namely the title assassin, for the task.
24th Apr '16 1:29:58 PM dmcreif
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* ClockDiscrepancy: The 1962 assassination attempt failed because Bastien-Thiery was consulting the almanac for the wrong year and so misjudged when sunset was. This made it too dark for the gunmen to see his signal and they opened fire too late.



* HistoricalDomainCharacter: UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle obviously; he's a constant presence, and has a scene where he's briefed about the Jackal's plot against him. British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, [=DeGaulle=]'s Interior Minister Roger Frey and Colonel Bastien-Thiry (leader of the Petit-Clamart assassination attempt) also appear.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle obviously; he's a constant presence, and has a scene where he's briefed about the Jackal's plot against him. British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, [=DeGaulle=]'s Interior Minister Roger Frey and Colonel Bastien-Thiry Bastien-Thiery (leader of the Petit-Clamart assassination attempt) also appear.



* PoliceAreUseless: Averted by Lebel, who is very effective at his job.

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* PoliceAreUseless: Averted by Lebel, who is very effective at his job. Though played straight as to the reasons why he was brought in to begin with: the authorities had nothing to go on regarding the Jackal's identity since they have no name or face.



** The otherwise well-planned opening assassination failed because Bastien-Thirty looked at an almanac for the wrong year and so misjudged when the sun would go down. As a result it was too dark for the gunners to see his signal and they opened fire too late.

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** The otherwise well-planned opening assassination failed because Bastien-Thirty Bastien-Thiry looked at an almanac for the wrong year and so misjudged when the sun would go down. As a result it was too dark for the gunners to see his signal and they opened fire too late.
22nd Apr '16 6:31:02 PM dmcreif
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* BoringButPractical: Lebel eschews fancy espionage tradecraft in favor of simply looking at the case deeper than the other guys. In fact, this is exactly how he catches the Jackal: During the Liberation Day parade, he goes around the security cordon and asks the patrol guards one by one until he stumbles upon one guard who let in a guy who fits in Jackal's profile.

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* BoringButPractical: Lebel eschews fancy espionage tradecraft in favor of simply looking at the case deeper than the other guys. In fact, this is exactly how he catches the Jackal: During the Liberation Day parade, he goes around the security cordon and asks the patrol guards one by one until he stumbles upon one guard who let in a guy who fits in the Jackal's profile.



* EnemyMine: A subplot has Colonel Rolland of Action Services asking the Unione Corse, the Corsican Mafia, for help locating the Jackal [[DealWithTheDevil in exchange for reduced police pressure]].
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Kowalski, the OAS courier, spends much of the novel fretting over his daughter, dying of leukemia. Ultimately [[spoiler:he's captured by Action Services while trying to visit her in hospital. It turns out that she's perfectly healthy and they were using that as bait for a trap.]]

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* EnemyMine: A subplot has Colonel Rolland of Action Services asking asks the Unione Corse, the Corsican Mafia, for help locating the Jackal [[DealWithTheDevil in exchange for reduced police pressure]].
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Viktor Kowalski, the OAS courier, spends much of the novel fretting over his daughter, supposedly dying of leukemia. Ultimately [[spoiler:he's captured by Action Services while trying to visit her in hospital. It turns out that she's perfectly healthy and they were using that as bait for a trap.]]



* GameChanger: None of the OAS's efforts to assassinate French President Charles de Gaulle succeeded, because their ranks were riddled with police informers. The Game Changer comes when the OAS leaders contract the services of a foreign assassin, about whom the French Secret Service know almost nothing.

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* GameChanger: None of the OAS's efforts to assassinate French President Charles de Gaulle succeeded, because their ranks were have been riddled with police informers.Action Service infiltrators. The Game Changer comes when the OAS leaders contract the services of a foreign assassin, about whom the French Secret Service know almost nothing.



* NiceJobFixingItVillain: When the Jackal commits a murder, it gives the authorities an excuse to drop De Gaulle's secrecy provision and hunt him openly.

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: When the Jackal commits a murder, it gives the authorities an excuse opportunity to drop De Gaulle's secrecy provision and hunt him openly.
22nd Apr '16 12:05:33 PM dmcreif
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The year is 1963. Following [[{{UsefulNotes/Algeria}} a deeply divisive and costly Civil War]], French President UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle has granted independence to Algeria. His decision is seen as a betrayal by many of his former supporters. A disenchanted paramilitary group, the OAS, has vowed to kill de Gaulle in revenge but each plot has failed. In desperation, the OAS turn to a mysterious foreign assassin, known only as ''The Jackal'', to carry out the job. The government learns of the plot, but know nothing of the would-be assassin besides his code name. So they call upon the best detective in France: Deputy Commissioner Claude Lebel, who is given unlimited authority to capture or kill The Jackal, with only two requirements: no publicity, and do not fail.

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The year is 1963. Following In 1963, after [[{{UsefulNotes/Algeria}} a deeply divisive and costly Civil War]], French President UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle has granted independence to Algeria. His decision is seen as a betrayal by many of his former supporters. A disenchanted paramilitary group, the OAS, has vowed to kill de Gaulle in revenge but each plot has failed. In desperation, the OAS turn to a mysterious foreign assassin, known only as ''The Jackal'', to carry out the job. The government learns of the plot, but know nothing of the would-be assassin besides his code name. So they call upon the best detective in France: Deputy Commissioner Claude Lebel, who is given unlimited authority to capture or kill The Jackal, with only two requirements: no publicity, and do not fail.
16th Apr '16 12:29:34 AM DavidCowie
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* OneLastJob: One reason why The Jackal's fee is so high is that he knows that he will never be able to work again after such a high-profile assassination.
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