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Croc

Novel by David James 1976.

A thirty-foot-long killer crocodile, lurking within the sewers of New York, becomes noticed after eating a sewer company employee. The dead man's wife tries desperately to convince the sewer company and the police alike to believe her story, whilst his partner is straight back down the sewers with a gun trying to kill the croc. An out of luck cop and an out of luck journalist become partners on the case and the croc becomes the target of a big game hunt slap bang in the middle of New York City.

A better than average effort without too much gore, surprisingly, for what seems packaged as a gore novel, but a good read nevertheless. The concept is an old one, based on the urban legend that many rich families of the early decades of this century threw their unwanted exotic pets down the toilet when they became too large. Various books and movies have appeared with a similar plot, so don't expect much in the way of originality, and don't look for any ingenious twists either, but an enjoyable writing style makes this one worth a read.


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