Gateway Gas

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20th Century (multiple decades)


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A successful but troubled journalist's impressive ascension relies on facts of omission in a story he wrote 30 years ago about a massacre at a public utility company. While covering a new mysterious case of an alleged child killer, both the writer and the accused are placed on a path to redemption.



Short Summary

Story opens in 1991, in the home of a young man about to commit mass murder. It fast-forwards to 2017 at an awards ceremony honoring the troubled writer who covered the story nearly 30 years prior. To save his career, his editor assigns him to a story involving an obese, detestable, child-killer.


St. Louis, MO

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence,Nudity, Language/Profanity,Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Clifford Broussard

Age: 60-ish

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Charming,Complex,Decisive,Engaging,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Detective Jonathan Babcock

Age: 40-ish

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Confident,Empathetic,Outspoken,Heartthrob,Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: Oliva Johnson

Age: 50-ish

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Crazy,Criminal,Desperate,Faithful,Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: LeRoy Jeffries (Satin Sheets)

Age: 60-ish

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Charming,Clumsy,Complex,Empathetic,Blunt,Faithful,Funny,Heroic

About The Author

Sylvester is the former publisher of Take Five Magazine (1987-2002). He was also an award-winning columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (2003-2009). In 2010, Sylvester began working as a consultant and researcher for SmileyBooks, owned by public radio and TV commentator Tavis Smiley. Sylvester founded the Sweet Potato Project in 2012, a program that taught urban youth entrepreneurism through agriculture. In 2019, Sylvester self-published his own book “When We Listen: Recognizing the Potential of Urban Youth.” His latest book, "White Castles with Jesus & Uncle Ray at the used Tire Shop," a collection of his short stories and commentaries was published in January or 2021.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Sylvester Brown, Jr.

Year Published: 2021

Hard Copy Available