Books by Gary Goshgarian

THE STONE CIRCLE by Gary Goshgarian
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 3, 1997

The author of Rough Beast (1995) combines Amerindian and Celtic mythology in a thriller that would put Joseph Campbell to sleep. Goshgarian creates the islands of Kingdom Head and Shepherd's Island in Boston Harbor. When one of Boston's wealthiest citizens, young E. Fane Hatcher, decides to build condominiums, hotels, restaurants, shops, tennis courts, a golf course, a casino, and marinas on the islands, he hires Professor Peter Van Zandt, an archaeologist, to find the lost Hatcher family chapel on Kingdom Head. Already uncovered are three very mysterious large limestone slabs, which may tie in with the chapel. Peter's work is made more difficult by the fact that while he's trying to explore the island's past, he's also fleeing from his own. Three years earlier, following an argument about their son Andy, Peter's wife Linda was burned to death in an automobile wreck, a horror for which Peter blames himself. Now, the weird mood of Kingdom Head—the appearance of phantoms that seem to threaten Peter's six-year-old Andy; the discovery of an underground death chamber; Peter's seeming invasion by aggressive spirits who demand that he hurt those he most loves (even during sex); and his horrifying dreams that involve past events on the island—all contribute to his growing confusion and fear. The ancient Hannah Mac Ness saves him from drowning but then threatens his life and damns him for digging up tunnels and land that she and her forebears have lived on for centuries. Her Celtic ancestors, she says, came to Kingdom Head a thousand years before the Mayflower and worshipped the Druidic stone slabs Peter is attempting to remove and study. Hatcher, anxious to move his project ahead, announces that he's going to blow up the stones, and Peter finds himself battling his ex-employer, as well as his own demons, in an attempt to prove that an American Stonehenge exists. A richly conceived work that's largely buried under melodrama. Read full book review >
ROUGH BEAST by Gary Goshgarian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

A biotech thriller by Goshgarian (Atlantis Fire, 1980), undone by cardboard characters and an overblown plot. English professor Calvin Hazzard and wife Terry have just sold their suburban Boston house for an astonishing $600,000—a figure more than six times what they paid for it. This unheard-of profit, along with Calvin's lucrative new teaching post in New York, makes life indeed seem good—until the couple's 12-year-old son, Matty, turns moody, irritable, and, in literally a few weeks, possessor of a grown man's physique. Moreover, while Matty is becoming ever more aggressive, at one point savagely attacking his schoolmates, the family's trees and flowers are dying or mutating, and small animals in a local wood are on a vicious rampage. An eternity later, the Hazzards figure out that something is wrong. Calvin thinks they're living atop the next Love Canal, but all water and soil tests come back negative. Meanwhile, sadistic hit man Jerry Mars (the novel's best-realized element) becomes suspicious over the contracts he gets to kill three aging and seemingly harmless microbiologists. Before he murders one of them, the victim reveals that all three worked on a secret government project during the Vietnam War to produce a ``genocide virus'' through a company called BiOmega Labs. A failure, the project was discontinued, but not before containers of liquid virus were buried under what is now the Hazzard property- -containers that have begun to leak. Eventually, Mars's backtracking leads him to the White House, where he'll attempt to blackmail officials who were once involved with the president's heading-up of the project. Doomsday chemicals and government cover-ups, potentially fearful, are made silly and unintentionally comic more than once. Despite its earnestness, third-rate Crichton. Read full book review >