A friend of mine in California tells me that a local town in the foothills, is becoming a ghost town, so many houses up for sale that there are very few people left living on each block... so that fits Starnes also.
I'm into the last 250 pages of the book now. Sorry to say, I've begun skipping over the pages of exposition by the characters. It could never be a series- not when one monologue would take 1/3 of the episode!
One last thought: Several years ago, I took to calling the hatetheists (not all atheists, just the major troll atheists, like marsmar), Zeros. And wouldn't you know it, as I approach the end of Atlas Shrugged, John Galt also refers to (the nihilists characters in the book) as Zeros.
Great minds think alike.