is Peter Benchley’s second novel, published as a hardcover by Doubleday in
1976. The Bantam paperback, published a year later, is the edition that caught
my eye. A tie-in to the film, the cover art is reminiscent of the movie poster,
but very much original to the book. A female scuba diver stretching towards the
water’s surface where a boat awaits. Below, what appears to be the ribbing of a sunken
ship. The artist: Unknown (to me, at least).
The opening paragraph:
“It was ten o’clock in
the morning when the captain noticed that the wind had begun to die.”
following the success of the film of Benchley’s novel Jaws, was filmed almost immediately by director Peter Yates with a
screenplay by Peter Benchley and Tracy Keenan Wynn. Nick Nolte, Jacqueline
Bisset and the reliable Robert Shaw were the major on screen players.