The Peter Benchley Collection Three exciting novels of danger and adventure Peter Benchley took the reading world by storm with the publication ofJaws, the first of his megathrillers that not only kept readers on the edge of their seats (and away from the water), but also were regularly turned into blockbuster movies. Here are three of his most memorable. JawsA great white shark terrorizes a Long Island beach community. One of the scariest, most thrilling novels ever written. BeastBenchley returns to the rollercoaster excitement of his first novel, only this time the villain is a giant squid threatening the island of Bermuda. The Girl of the Sea of CortezBenchleys most well-reviewed book. A fable about man's complicated relationship with the sea, highlighting the authors dedication to protecting the marine environment-while still telling a corker of a story.