Stillness In The Water, Huh?

The book responsible for my never swimming past 25 yards from the shore is now thirty.

Compared to Steven Spielberg’s resulting film, the book had a darker underlying theme. Matt Hooper, the marine biologist brought in to fight the shark, has an affair with Brody’s wife Ellen.
Mayor Vaughan’s insistence on keeping the beaches open, meanwhile, may have something to do with the fact he owes money to the mafia.
Spielberg has admitted that when he first read the book he found most of the characters unlikeable, and wanted the shark to win.