by C.J. Box
Book #4.5 in the Joe Pickett series (2011)
A chilling short story of death and retribution from the “New York Times”-bestselling author of “Cold Wind.”
Twenty-two degrees below zero on a high mountain lake in Wyoming. Game warden Joe Pickett was carefully sliding across to check the licenses of a group of ice fishermen on the lake, when he saw the strange faint yellow glow coming from beneath the surface and, when he got closer, the thin, spindly, black thing sticking up in the middle of it.
His first thought was that it was a tree branch. But it wasn’t. It was a frozen human hand, reaching up through the ice…