Cover of novel The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth published in 1971
The novel begins on early 1957, aftermatjh of Second Arabian War. Arab terrorists try assassinate duce Benito Mussolini in Rome but it is total failure. Since it is clear that they can't assassinate Mussolini by their own Arab nationalists decide hire mysterious man called as "The Jackal" who is said to be one of best assassins of the world. The Jackal accepts the deal and begin to prepare assassination.
OVRA anyway finds out the plan and investigation is led by inspector Emmanuel Macroni. The novel follows preparations of the Jackal and work of OVRA to get assassin to be captured before he can achieve his job. Finally he is captured just before he is assassinating Mussolini and is killed. The Jackal's dientityet remain as mystery.
The novel was too filmed where Edward Fox starred name role.