History Literature / TheDayOfTheJackal

12th Sep '17 12:39:55 PM DaBradGuy
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* NoNameGiven: [[spoiler: We never find out the real name of the Jackal]].

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* NoNameGiven: [[spoiler: We never find out the real name of the Jackal]].Jackal. Lampshaded by the final line of dialogue: "If the Jackal wasn't Calthrop, then who the hell ''was'' he?!"]]
31st Jul '17 11:27:50 PM Eoppen
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** And the Jackal himself is soft-spoken, a perfect gentleman on the surface, and one of the most lethal killers around.
15th Jun '17 6:26:26 AM nightkiller
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* GameChanger: None of the OAS's efforts to assassinate French President Charles de Gaulle succeeded, because their ranks have been riddled with 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.

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* GameChanger: None of the OAS's efforts to assassinate French President Charles de Gaulle succeeded, either because of poor planning (not getting the time of sunset correct) or because their ranks have been riddled with 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.
15th Jun '17 6:17:52 AM hullflyer
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* SedgwickSpeech: Bastien-Thiry gives one before his execution.

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* SedgwickSpeech: Bastien-Thiry gives one before his execution. He thinks that real French patriots would never kill him.
15th Jun '17 5:48:15 AM hullflyer
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* ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination: The Jackal plans to assassinate Charles [=DeGaulle=] at a public event, [[spoiler:notably the award ceremony on Liberation Day, the one occasion he can be certain the President of France will turn up, no matter what threats have been made against his life.]]

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* ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination: The Jackal plans to assassinate Charles [=DeGaulle=] at a public event, [[spoiler:notably the award ceremony on Liberation Day, Day. Justified as it is the one occasion he can be certain the President of France will turn up, no matter what threats have been made against his life.life ([=DeGaulle=] is refusing to alter his schedule or live his life differently, but the Jackal doesn't know this, and couldn't count on it anyway).]]
3rd Apr '17 1:48:44 PM crazysamaritan
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* WithholdingTheirName: The title character assumes several identities over the course of the story, but we never learn his real name and only a few hints about his background. Much of the plot hinges on a RedHerring, with investigators [[spoiler:assuming he's another man (Charles Calthrop) with shady ties to international arms dealers]].
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.



* HollywoodSilencer

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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.
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