Avenger Forsyth ("The Day of the Jackal") trots the globe from Bosnia to Vietnam to Afghanistan to South America to trace the story of a philanthropic… Avenger Forsyth ("The Day of the Jackal") trots the globe from Bosnia to Vietnam to Afghanistan to South America to trace the story of a philanthropic… 2003-09-30 Mystery and Thriller
Book Review

Avenger (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 30, 2003; Writer: Frederick Forsyth; Genre: Mystery and Thriller

Forsyth (''The Day of the Jackal'') trots the globe from Bosnia to Vietnam to Afghanistan to South America to trace the story of a philanthropic young American murdered in Eastern Europe and the shadow operative, code-named Avenger, hired to apprehend his killer. It's a worthwhile trip: Once it all comes together (like a heist film, plans within plans unfold spectacularly in the final reel), we forgive Forsyth for depriving us of the main character for long stretches. We also smirk at his prudishness -- he has no problem describing the brutal details of a fatal rape, but won't spell out motherf***er. How quaint.

Originally posted Oct 03, 2003 Published in issue #731 Oct 03, 2003 Order article reprints