Sheriff Walt Longmire has a body part on his hand, a part of someone's thumb to be exact. While he is trying to get one of his deputies to find the owner, a local junkyard owner and neighboring land developer are killed. At first it looks like a family dispute but, it may turn out to be far more. Walt and his team live through a long, hard winter as they try to piece together the events surrounding these deaths.
Once again Craig Johnson provides the reader with a rough, Wyoming landscape, interesting characters and riveting dialogue, which makes this a western mystery that is hard to put down.