White Shark by Peter Benchley

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There's something in the water. . . but this time, it's not what you think it is.

Decades after his mega-bestseller Jaws, the master of the deep now gives us a stunning, brilliantly suspenseful novel about a strange new predator of the sea. Peter Benchley tells a mesmerizing story of a terrifying, deadly beast. At a small marine institute off the coast of Connecticut, a young marine biologist, Simon Chase studies and tracks sharks, whales, sea lions, and a vast array of other marine species, as well as the effects of pollution and other threats to the ocean’s environment. He begins to notice strange behavior among the creatures of the sea; something in the ocean is throwing off the balance of nature. Then the body of a diver washes ashore. When more victims are discovered, Chase realizes that while the white killer resembles a white shark, it is far more dangerous than any shark he has encountered before.

About Peter Benchley

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Peter Benchley was born on May 8, 1940, in New York into one of America's most celebrated literary families. His grandfather was the humorist Robert Benchley and his father the novelist Nathaniel Benchley. A 1961 Harvard graduate, Peter Benchley started out as a reporter for the Washington Post before going on to work as an associate editor for Newsweek. From 1967 to 1969 he was a speechwriter for President Lyndon Johnson. Benchley's interest in the sea, stemming from childhood summers spent on the coast of Nantucket, led to his meticulously researching the subject of sharks and writing such bestselling and critically acclaimed novels as The Deep, Whiteshark, and Jaws. Jaws was later adapted into a blockbuster movie (1975). Two of his other books were turned into the made-for-TV movies, The Beast and The Creature. He has also written numerous reviews and articles for magazines and newspapers, and has appeared in more than a dozen television documentaries about marine life and oceans. Benchley died from pulmonary fibrosis on February 12, 2006 at the age of 65.
Published January 1, 1994 by HUTCHINSON. 308 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Horror. Fiction

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 Benchley's (Jaws, 1974) latest chiller is a briskly entertaining, albeit predictable yarn set in his familiar literary spawning grounds.

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Despite the success of Jaws and its progeny, Benchley's 1994 water-themed thriller has never been filmed, perhaps because the challenge of creating the titular monster—not an actual shark this time but a seven-foot-tall aquatic humanoid with stainless steel teeth and claws—proved too daunting (o...

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And naturally — stupidly — he opens it.

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