This was definitely this guy's first book, it's not really well written, and there are a lot of badly phrased and badly paced sections. I didn't really read it to be swept away by great writing though, I read it because I had heard that the movie Jaws was based on these attacks in New Jersey back in 1916, and I wanted to know more about them.
The material is so interesting, and the accounts that he gets with eyewitnesses are compelling enough to keep you reading. The last third of the book is pretty repetitive and clinical, as he tries to decide what kind of shark it was. He thinks a great white, and that would be cool and everything, but by that point you've read all the accounts of the actual attacks so going on and on about different bite techniques and whatnot is pretty dull.
I'd say this is a library book because all you really want to read is the first half, about the actual attacks. This shark actually swam a mile or so up a river in New Jersey and killed two people swimming in the river. A mile from the ocean! Bet they didn't see that coming.
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