Are the Promise Keepers killing the women who want to be preachers in the Christian Reformed Church?
Rumors start to fly after the body of a female seminary student is found floating in West Michigan's Grand River. Questions grow when another woman is strangled and the letters "p" and "k" are found scrawled on her bedroom wall.
Even more gruesome, a head is found in a dumpster in downtown Grand Rapids. The head is wrapped in a T-shirt bearing the logo of the popular born-again group. It is the Reverend Calvin Truman Turkstra who is called to help police investigate the bizarre series of slayings. He comes to the case after his fiancee, herself a potential minister in the church, is assaulted. She, too, may have been a target of the Promise Keepers.
Helped by some unlikely characters, including a legless street preacher and a retarded man whose hero is wrestling star Hulk Hogan, Turkstra faces down evil that lurks in the heart of his male-dominated church. In the process, the maverick minister has to look at his own past and beliefs about sharing power in the pulpit.
Critics liked Turkstra in his first appearance in Deadly Waters. "The deftly plotted tale showcases sharp, vivid characters in a captivatingly smooth mixture of theology, mystery, and mayhem, making Meehan definitely a mystery writer to watch," wrote the Lansing State Journal.