If you fish, you're probably guilty of telling a fish story or two--and the "one that got away" probably gets bigger with each telling. Ernest Hemingway, however, told a story about one that didn't get away, but nearly killed its captor. The book is The Old Man and the Sea [F HEM]. It's a novella well-worth reading if you missed it in your youth (my fourth grade teacher read it to the class on the last day of school).
We also have a copy of the filmed version with Spencer Tracy [DVD OLD].