- Author Frederick Forsyth
Perhaps I am spoiled by the more modern fast-paced thriller, but this one took such a long time to get going. Perhaps, also, the reason people like it is the meticulous attention to detail, but that just wasn’t for me. We had the precise movements of the assassin on the hunt for French president Charles de Gaulle, what he did each day, where he went. At one point, I thought I needed to get out a map and trace his exact movements.
Then we had the hunt from the police side of things, who they talked to, what meetings were held and what was discussed. It gradually started to get interesting when they had near misses and informants and the day started to get closer. But ultimately, it was far too slow going for me, and a bit of a battle to get through.
Good twist at the end though.