We gave it a B+
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.