The Slaughterhouse Secrets

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M. G. Nelson

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The Slaughterhouse Secrets is the story of Dr. Jessica Bergstrom who takes a job as a veterinary medical officer in a slaughterhouse and discovers government and corporate corruption which places her career, and life, in danger.


Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Suspense / Thriller,,Suspense/Thriller,Mystery,Political,Crime,Drama

Short Summary

Jessica Bergstrom, veterinarian, assumed she had started a boring, yet vitally important, job as a veterinary meat inspector for a steady income to pay off her crushing student loan debt. She soon peels back layers of corruption in the industry and government which puts her life in danger.

Jessica enters the slaughterhouse at night to gather information pertaining to a governmental agency cover-up and stumbles upon a drug-dealing plant foreman slaughtering cattle illegally. She is almost killed when he chases after her. Instead he dies in a fall and a badly injured Jessica escapes.


Minnesota, Iowa

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Dr. Jessica Bergstrom

Age: 28

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring, Educated, Insecure, Naive, Perseverance, Skillful, Strong Moral Code,Modest,Complex,Skillful,Selfless,Clumsy,Educated,Strong Moral Code,Naive

Additional Character Details

Name: Keith Johnson

Age: 32

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive, Crazy, Criminal, Desperate, Masculine, Unapologetic,Crazy,Criminal,Greedy,Manipulative,Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Shana

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Complex, Empathetic, Unapologetic, Adventurous, Badass, Blunt, Crazy, Funny, Outspoken,Underdog,Confident,Crazy,Empathetic,Funny,Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Ted Tagget

Age: 53

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Narcissistic, Educated, Insecure

Development Pitch

The Slaughterhouse Secrets has universal appeal for college educated people who are sinking in the student loan debt pool. Dr. Jessica Bergstrom is smart, funny and underwater financially when she takes a crummy job that pays well and has good benefits as a federal veterinarian. Her safe job turns dangerous when a meth-addled plant foreman, Keith Johnson, takes exception to her enforcing food safety laws and targets her for destruction. Luckily for Jessica, her best friend, Shana, has her back when she stumbles upon Keith's meth manufacturing lab in a forested area outside of town and is shot at as she escapes. Jessica doesn't find any help with Keith's aggressiveness from her government supervisors. They are convinced she's just another woman on the take for a harassment settlement and mark her for termination. It doesn't help her case when she finds the plant is slaughtering cattle after hours to retrieve drug parcels implanted in the cows' stomachs. Her life and the meat-eating public's health is at risk if she can't get away from Keith to warn of this deadly activity.

About The Author

M. G. Nelson is a veterinarian who has been around the block a time or two. She practices the art of veterinary medicine in rural North Central U.S. and runs a small beef cattle farm on the side in addition to medical writing and dabbling in fiction writing.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Female leaning,Female Leaning,Universal

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available