The clever plot has gripped readers and film fans for half a century.
At the heart of Frederick Forsyth's masterpiece, The Day Of The Jackal, is a notorious fraud which exposed how anyone could apply for a birth certificate and passport in the name of a dead child.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
But on the 50th anniversary of the thriller, Forsyth has thrown one more unlikely twist into the drama by admitting that he personally stole a dead boy's name and details in order to convince himself the storyline could work in real life.
Just as the fictional Jackal assumes the identity of a dead boy in his attempt to assassinate the President of France, so Forsyth scoured a graveyard for the names of suitable children, he told The Mail on Sunday.
Having found one, the author then obtained a birth certificate and applied for a passport in the name of a boy called Duggan – later used in the novel.
At the heart of Frederick Forsyth's masterpiece,