Mob head Sal Tarantino doesnât want big-time casino gambling to become legal in Rhode Island. His solution is to have the next governor comfortably in his pocket, ready to veto the legislation. The means calling in the debts owed to the mob by some of Rhode Islandâs most prominent politicians to clear the way for Doug Fiore, managing partner of the stateâs largest law firm and soon-to-be reluctant gubernatorial candidate.
Salâs plan seems to be going smoothly until the primary draws closer, when Fioreâs opponent, a supporter of state-sponsored gambling and the leader in the polls, is gunned down in a bar along with the establishmentâs bookie-in-residence. The public presumption, driven by columns in the Providence Herald in which Fioreâs ties to the family are laid out, is that the Tarantino family had reasons to want them both dead. Things get even stickier when the winner of the Democratic primary is the husband of one of Fioreâs law partnersÂwho happens to also be one of his two mistresses. She learns with horror that her husband has a set of secret recordings taken in a hotel room where Fiore has met with both women.
As the race draws to a close, the candidates are in a dead heat. Fiore, who now will stop at nothing to win, devises a scheme with both his mistresses to nail down his victory. The outcome is all in the sex.
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