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YMMV: The Day of the Jackal
  • It Gets Better - Forsyth's style is evident here.
  • Magnificent Bastard - The authorities wouldn't even have known of the Jackal if not for OAS Adjutant Wollenski being in the wrong place at the wrong time to overhear his discussion with the OAS leaders. Even so, The Jackal stays ahead of them all the way to the end despite several mistakes and slip-ups and nearly succeeds in his task.
  • Misaimed Fandom - Forsyth has said: "I thought Lebel was the hero. Jackal was the villain. I was very surprised when readers said that they loved him. He was the ruddy killer .... I had expected women to hate him. He used, then executed his mistress. But no, he had a lot of female admirers."
  • The Woobie: It's hard not to feel for the Countess that the Jackal seduces as it's shown she was genuinely glad to see he'd followed her to her home and was delighted in being found attractive by someone again.

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