More real-life tales chronicling the adventurous life of Capstick (Death in the Long Grass, 1978; Death in Silent Places,...

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LAST HORIZONS: Hunting, Fishing and Shooting on Five Continents

More real-life tales chronicling the adventurous life of Capstick (Death in the Long Grass, 1978; Death in Silent Places, 1981; Death in the Dark Continent, 1983). Some people chuck the rat race of Wall Street to start country inns in New England; others jump out of windows; most just endure. But Capstick, long a New Jersey-resident Wall-Streeter, went from charting bulls and bears to hunting lions, rhinos, and tigers all over the world. In this collection of his pieces for Guns & Ammo, Peterson's Hunting, The American Hunter, and Outdoor Life, etc., Capstick renders the thrill of the chase and the excitement of harpooning fresh-water sharks--doing so in a prose that's accessible to both the novice and the aficionado of technical questions of equipment and gauges. No one since Hemingway (with the possible exception of Ruark) has written on these subjects with such literary gusto. For example, the heat in Africa ""would stagger a Venetian glass blower,"" and the poisonous snake known as the black mamba prompts a checklist that is ""as cheery as the 'Things To Do Today' memo pad of a Gestapo colonel."" At other times, Capstick might pass as a Mickey Spillane in khaki: "". . .the hippo and I were going to end up at the rack in a dead tie. And with a bull hippo that is mad at you, that really means dead."" A book that, along with its 45 fine drawings (some seen), will be an off-season hunter's delight.

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 1988

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Publisher: St. Martin's

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1988