WPI Wire, Vol. 10, No. 1 - Spring 1996

Alumni Chronicle

Goshgarian's mile-a-minute thriller

Gary Goshgarian '64, a WPI physics major who is now an English professor at Northeastern University, has written a novel, Rough Beast, published last fall by Donald I. Fine Inc.,of New York. Publishers Weekly describes it as "a solid and suspenseful cauti onary tale that expertly blends political intrigue and domestic drama."

Author Robert B. Parker calls Rough Beast "a timely story of redeeming love centered around an American family caught up in a web of sinister science and a coverup that reaches to the highest levels of government."

Being true to his alma mater, Goshgarian mentions WPI in the novel, though it's in an obit of a dispatched scientist. "But a dead man's plug is better than no plug," he says. "Also, the fictional U.S. President in Rough Beast is named after my WPI freshma n dorm counselor, Morgan 'Mo' Rees '61. He was a good guy and I always liked the name."

After graduating from WPI, Goshgarian received his master's in English from the University of Connecticut and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin. He has taught at Northeastern since 1969. He lives in Arlington, Mass., with his wife and two children. He is also the author of Atlantis Fire, an underwater suspense novel written in the early 1980s.

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