This story of the serial murders of candidates running for the governorship of Iowa is interesting up to the point where it introduces a connection to an absurd conspiracy theory. Once this farfetched and unnecessary notion rears up, the remaining story lacks some of the plausibility needed for a good murder mystery. The premise is that the race for the governor's chair is wide open, the incumbent having announced that he will not seek reelection. The cast of characters running for the office is a wild one, from a Republican with a checkered business past to an openly gay man. In between there is a known cross-dresser and a "priest" with a past that no one seems able to track down. As the campaign continues, someone is systematically killing the candidates and the authorities are baffled, as it appears to be the work of a professional killer. However, once the conspiracy theory is put forward, the professional becomes a nitwit and engages in a set of foolish actions. For someone who has been clever enough to evade police for so long to attempt an armed takeover of the Iowa government with only a few people and in front of television cameras is absurd. The story was serially written by eighteen different authors and as always is the case suffers from the lack of style continuity. Since the tightness of the plot becomes unraveled towards the end, the quality of the story is not enough to overcome this.
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