Shark Attack


PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 November, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 28 November, 2004, 12:00am


by Peter Benchley

Pan $105

More than 20 million copies have sold since this novel appeared in 1974. This 30th-anniversary edition is a trip back to the nightmare on Amity Beach. Chief Brody is in charge of keeping the peace on the Massachusetts resort island. When a series of shark attacks threaten the idyllic milieu and the all-important tourist dollar, the mayor orders the town's officials to keep it quiet. Three unlikely partners team up to hunt down the rogue and destroy it. Unlike the film, the book focuses on the Brodys' troubled marriage, particularly Ellen Brody's inability to cope with her husband's low income after her wealthy upbringing. We also see the shark's point of view - it's a fish doing what a fish does, rather than the vicious killing machine of the film.