Rough Beast

Rough Beast

by Gary Goshgarian, Gary Goshgairian
     
 

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A genocidal experiment by the governemt went horribly wrong, with tragic and terrifying results for the Hazzards, a normal, unsuspecting family in a small Massachusetts town. Every day, their son gradually became more of a feral, uncontrollable, and very dangerous thing. The governemtn was determined to do whatever was necessary to eliminate the evidence of their dark

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A genocidal experiment by the governemt went horribly wrong, with tragic and terrifying results for the Hazzards, a normal, unsuspecting family in a small Massachusetts town. Every day, their son gradually became more of a feral, uncontrollable, and very dangerous thing. The governemtn was determined to do whatever was necessary to eliminate the evidence of their dark secret and protect the town. But it's already too late.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Treading territory already staked out by John Saul and Dean Koontz, Goshgarian (Atlantis Fire) fashions an above-average thriller, reaching into the genre toolbox to use an imperiled child and biotech terror. When an enigmatic house hunter offers Calvin and Terry Hazzard nearly 10 times what they paid for their suburban Boston home, they are distracted momentarily from their concern over 12-year-old son Matt's increasing belligerence and developmental anomalies. Meanwhile, contract assassin Jerry Mars begins snooping into the backgrounds of his most recent hits and finds that all participated in Black Flag, a top-secret germ warfare project hatched during the Vietnam War and now a political embarrassment for several government bigwigs. Goshgarian telegraphs the fact that Mars and the Hazzards are working from opposite ends of the same mystery to an inevitable conclusion. But, though the plot is short on surprises, the story is buoyed by sharp characterizations of its principal players, especially of the pathetic and frightened Matt, struggling to understand his physical and emotional transformation as a consequence of his home's buried legacy. The boy's final metamorphosis into a genetic nightmare pushes the novel over the top and into a corner, necessitating a perfunctory tying up of its flailing loose ends. Until that point, however, this is a solid and suspenseful cautionary tale that expertly blends political intrigue and domestic drama. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Terry and Calvin Hazzard are puzzled by the woman who insists on buying their house at double its value if they will move immediately. They are also worried about their 12-year-old son, who is becoming monstrous in both body and behavior. Soon, they realize that these two things are connected. The waste from a biological weapons experiment is seeping into their water, causing their son's violent behavior, and the buyers are part of the research team eager to eliminate all evidence. Meanwhile, an assassin hired to kill most of the researchers becomes more interested in blackmail and uses the boy as a pawn. The son is a well-developed, sympathetic character who can survive only by being doped and deprived of the animal side he has come to value. There is plenty of gore and paranoia in this latest by the author of Horrorscape (Kendall Hunt, 1993). Buy for horror collections.-Marylaine Block, St. Ambrose Univ. Lib., Davenport, Ia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780843941524
Publisher:
Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
4.21(w) x 6.78(h) x 0.89(d)

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