Title: Holy Moly
Author: Ben Rehder
Televangelist Peter Boothe’s plans to build a mega-church on the banks of the Pedernales River are threatened when backhoe operator Hollis Farley unearths a dinosaur fossil on the site, but when Farley turns up dead, Game Warden John Marlin joins the investigation and discovers a host of suspects, including a bitter geology professor, a fossil collector, and the minister’s wife.
When televangelist Peter Boothe decides to build a megachurch on the banks of the Pedernales River, he thinks his biggest problem will be a few unhappy neighbors. However, when backhoe operator Hollis Farley unearths a rare fossil on the construction site — a discovery that could lead to plenty of embarrassing Darwinian publicity — the cover-up begins. Soon, Farley is dead, shot in the back with an arrow, and Game Warden John Marlin is asked to help with the case.
What he and the local deputies find is a suspect list of biblical proportions: Could it have been the bitter geology professor? The private fossil collector with a somewhat unusual fetish? The minister’s wife who takes the Commandments rather lightly? Or the geriatric environmentalist with a mean right hook? Nothing is sacred in Rehder’s most laughable satire yet, a twisted tale of greed, corruption, infidelity, and, yes, paleontology.