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Forsyth, Frederick

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1938-    ) UK author who gained fame with his first novel, The Day of the Jackal (1971), and whose books are generally political thrillers. The Shepherd (1975 chap), however, is a sentimental Timeslip or ghost fantasy in which a pilot on Christmas Eve 1957 is saved from crashing by a World War Two pilot in an antique bomber: pilot and plane had been shot down on the Christmas Eve of 1943. The Devil's Alternative (1979), The Negotiator (1989) and Icon (1996) are Near-Future thrillers, the first predicting the failure of the Russian harvest, the second predicting (wrongly) a Soviet-generated crisis, and the third detailing the rise of a Fascist dictator in Russia. The Phantom of Manhattan (1999) is a sequel to Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera (1910) (see New York). [JC]

Frederick Forsyth

born Ashford, Kent: 25 August 1938



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