Anyone Remember This Book (Jaws rip-off) From Late 70s/Early80s?

It was a paperback about this guy who buys a bunch of cabins and opens up a lakeside resort (in New England? upstate NY?). Turns out there is some kind of creature living in the lake…I seem to remember it was a killer squid or something.

Anyway, the plot was essentially the same as “Jaws,” with a few swimmers disappearing at first, then an expert being brought in to kill it, blah blah blah.

I know it was a lousy book but I read it at an impressionable age and enjoyed it for what it was. I’d love to take a look at it again but I can’t seem to remember what it was called. It may have been simply “The Lake,” but I’m not sure. And trying to find the words “the lake” on Amazon is pointless.

Anyone have any idea which book I’m talking about?

There was one called Orca – Amazon lists the author as Arthur Herzog but that’s not the name I remember. Searching for Orca at Amazon is almost as bad as searching for The Lake. :slight_smile:

No, it wasn’t Orca, but I do remember that movie. It’s not Grizzly, either, while we’re on the subject of Jaws rip-offs. The one I’m thinking about definitely took place at a lake and, as far as I know, there was never a movie made from it.

I think Peter Benchley ripped himself off and did a squid or octopus version of “Jaws” at some point.

EDIT: Wrong time-frame, but here it is: