Death in the Long Grass - Peter Hathaway Capstick

Death in the Long Grass

By Peter Hathaway Capstick

  • Release Date: 1978-01-15
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors
Score: 4.5
From 169 Ratings


As thrilling as any novel, as taut and exciting as any adventure story, Peter Hathaway Capstick’s Death in the Long Grass takes us deep into the heart of darkness to view Africa through the eyes of one of the most renowned professional hunters.

Few men can say they have known Africa as Capstick has known it—leading safaris through lion country; tracking man-eating leopards along tangled jungle paths; running for cover as fear-maddened elephants stampede in all directions. And of the few who have known this dangerous way of life, fewer still can recount their adventures with the flair of this former professional hunter-turned-writer.

Based on Capstick’s own experiences and the personal accounts of his colleagues, Death in the Long Grassportrays the great killers of the African bush—not only the lion, leopard, and elephant, but the primitive rhino and the crocodile waiting for its unsuspecting prey, the titanic hippo and the Cape buffalo charging like an express train out of control. Capstick was a born raconteur whose colorful descriptions and eye for exciting, authentic detail bring us face to face with some of the most ferocious killers in the world—underrated killers like the surprisingly brave and cunning hyena, silent killers such as the lightning-fast black mamba snake, collective killers like the wild dog.

Readers can lean back in a chair, sip a tall, iced drink, and revel in the kinds of hunting stories Hemingway and Ruark used to hear in hotel bars from Nairobi to Johannesburg, as veteran hunters would tell of what they heard beyond the campfire and saw through the sights of an express rifle.


  • Great book

    By Pm--:)
    Great book
  • A must read

    By Tx craftsman
    Having just returned from Africa and seeing how wild it is even today, it must have been something to see in years gone by. Capstick and his writing can take you to the Africa of another time. If your a hunter or adventurer, you owe it to yourself to read this book.
  • Amazing

    By Redneck1861
    A very well written book about African game that is at times outright hysterical, paints vivid pictures of the African bush, and grabs at your heart
  • Great book

    By CrazySpliff
    I've always loved reading this book since I was a child when my father helped my discover this wonderful story. He has a prized first edition of this book, and many other books with similar stories like the Maneaters of Tsavo. if you like the movie the Ghost and the Darkness you WILL probably love this book, it's a great read, it's especially helpful if you have basic understanding of guns bc the author mentions many types of weapons and ammunition he used. But ever since the first my dad lent me this book when I was like 10 I have probably read it 15 times. Very suspenseful stories about the African wildlife and the dangerous truly unbelievable encounters the author managed to survive.
  • Simply the best.

    By B Tobyn
    I've read and re-read this book almost to the point of memorization. I recommend it to anyone with an appreciation for the outdoors. It's by far my favorite book. Peter Capstick has never let me down!
  • Greatest safari book ever

    By Fenris3
    If you like hunting, this book is for you. These are the best short stories of hunting in Africa. From turn of the century hunts to modern day adventures, this book will keep you entertained from start to finish. Peter Capstick makes gold qhen it comes to his books.