Gary Braver

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Gary Braver (pen name of Gary Goshgarian) is the author of nine thrillers and mysteries. Several of his novels have a biomedical slant including Elixir, Gray Matter, and Flashback, which won the Massachusetts Honor Book Award for Fiction (2006).

Other novels have archaeological themes, including first novel, Atlantis Fire and The Stone Circle.

His latest book, co-authored with Tess Gerritsen, is a murder mystery called Choose Me, published in July 2021.[1]

Braver's novels have been translated into 16 languages.

Under his own name, Goshgarian, he is a professor of English at Northeastern University in Boston[2] where he teaches courses in Modern Bestsellers, Science Fiction, Horror Fiction, and Fiction Writing. He has also taught fiction-writing workshops throughout the United States and Europe for over thirty years. He is the author of five college writing textbooks with Pearson Education.

Early life[edit]

Goshgarian was born in Hartford, CT. After graduating from high school, he attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he earned a degree in physics. While at WPI, he worked during the summers as a project physicist at Raytheon Co.

During his sophomore year, he decided he wanted to write when he finished college, and went on to the University of Connecticut where he received an MA in English , followed by a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin (Madison).

Teaching career[edit]

For a year he taught English at Western Michigan University. Following that, he took a position as assistant professor of English at Northeastern University in Boston where he teaches courses in Science Fiction, Horror Fiction, Modern Bestsellers, and Fiction Writing. He has taught Fiction Writing Workshops in the U.S. and Europe.

Writing career[edit]

Atlantis Fire (1980). Inspired by an experience he had while on an archaeological expedition in Mallorca, Spain, his first novel is a marine archeological thriller set on the Aegean island of Santorini. Rough Beast (1995) was based on the effects on children of toxic waste in a nearby town of Woburn, MA.

The Stone Circle (1997) centers on an archaeologist who discovers a buried Celtic stone circle on a fictitious Boston Harbor island where a casino resort is under construction—a discovery of huge significance in the history of America. .

The next six novels were written under Goshgarian's pseudonym, Gary Braver, beginning with Elixir (2000) about the development of an anti-aging drug. “Braver” is a translation of the name of Goshgarian's paternal grandfather (Garabed Markarian).

Subsequent books[edit]

Gray Matter (2003), a thriller about boosting the intelligence of “slow” children for parents who want geniuses.

Flashback (2005): a pharmaceutical company rushes to market an alleged cure for Alzheimer's disease, but has dark consequences. (Winner of the Massachusetts Honor Book for Fiction)

Skin Deep (2: A homicide cop is trying to determine the killer of women who all look alike. And he finds clues that point to himself as the prime suspect. Worse, his wife is potentially the next victim.

Tunnel Vision (: A scientific experiment focuses on inducing near-death experiences for a volunteering college student in order to determine if the afterlife exists—the ultimate challenge for both science and religion.

Choose Me: Written with novelist Tess Gerritsen, this murder mystery centers on a married professor who has an affair with one of his students. Inspired by the #MeToo Movement, the book explores both sides of an illicit affair, allowing the authors to get into the gray areas of the characters and the relationship. Tess wrote the female point of view chapters and Gary wrote the male point of view chapters.

Goshgarian (and Braver) lives with his family outside of Boston.


  1. ^ "Tess Gerritsen Still Prefers to Read Books the Old-Fashioned Way, on Paper". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  2. ^ Gregorian, Alin K. "Goshgarian's Latest Book Gets the Power of Amazon Behind it". The Armenian Mirror-Spectator. Retrieved 9 September 2021.

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