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HABIT: a gripping detective thriller [Kindle Edition]

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“A great detective mystery: realistic, well-written, and with such dramatic tension that I was up all night racing to reach the conclusion.” Chris Child

"Over 190 five-star reviews!"

“Detective Brendan Healy solves a complex case, facing his own demons, in a brilliant police procedural with a dark conspiracy in the background.” Sarah Victor

“Complex, beautifully drawn characters, twists and turns, great atmosphere, a real page turner.” Beth Boyd

A brilliant mystery that you won't be able to put down
A young woman, Rebecca Heilshorn, lies stabbed to death in her bed in a remote, upstate New York farmhouse. Rookie detective Brendan Healy is called in to investigate. All hell breaks loose when her brother bursts onto the scene. Rebecca turns out to have many secrets and connections to a sordid network mixing power, wealth, and sex.

Detective Brendan Healy, trying to put his demons behind him, pursues a dangerous investigation that will risk both his life and his sanity.

Habit is a compelling mystery which will appeal to all fans of crime fiction. T.J. Brearton amps up the tension at every step, until the shocking and gripping conclusion.

Get "SURVIVORS", the gripping sequel to Habit, now on AMAZON

T.J. Brearton's other books include HIGHWATER, a supernatural thriller, and ANTS, GUNPLAY, TWINS, a collection of suspense stories.

Editorial Reviews


"Habit explodes with gun battles, conspiracies, relapses and detours into the seedy world of internet porn...a hard-boiled mystery with a modern twist." - Margot Harrison, Seven Days

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1963 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JOFFE BOOKS: Mystery and Suspense Crime Thrillers; Detective Books second edition edition (July 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,455 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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80 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just right! January 14, 2014
By Erin
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As soon as I started this book, I couldn't put it down! It was full suspense, twists, and turns that I never expected right up until the end of it! The characters and details within this book made it so much more than other books I've read. It's nice to see that authors like T. J. Brearton haven't forgotten about making the reader feel as if they are actually in the book! I enjoyed it so much that I am already waiting for the sequel!
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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked on Habit January 8, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
There are a lot of twists and turns in this story and the suspense is pretty much non-stop. I really love this main character and the personal struggles he's going through because, honestly, I faced some of those struggles myself. He's a well drawn character who travels into some pretty dark territory. The story very much reminded me of Silence of the Lambs, one of my favorites.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read April 17, 2014
By JoeH
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was a little different as it was full of one person's thoughts on his way to solving this crime. Very interesting with lots of twists and danger. If you like police drama/mystery this book is for you. Final twist I never saw coming. I recommend this book.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent detective mystery January 9, 2014
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This was a great read. Pacy and from the off you couldn't stop reading it. The main character is believably flawed, and the mystery unfolds with many surprises. I also enjoyed the details of life in upstate New York
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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I was hooked until the very end. really makes you think for a long time after! looking forward to more from him.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome thriller January 22, 2014
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Habit is a frightening thriller with some elements common to many murder mysteries, but this one surprised me with its darkness, action, and its attention to the characters’ feelings. The hero’s emotions are clear and realistic even as he pushes them aside in a struggle to focus on the investigation at hand. The story moves unexpectedly from the detective’s fact gathering and thoughtful analysis to frantic gunfights. The beautiful countryside of upstate New York hides sleaze that is only revealed by a brutal murder, and the reasons for that crime are much larger than it originally seems. T. J. Brearton has got the realism and tone just right. This book made me get up at night to make sure I’d locked the doors.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern take on hard-boiled January 23, 2014
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I grew up reading hardboiled detective writers like Dashiel Hammett and Raymond Chandler, so it was a delight to read Habit and enter the world of flawed protagonist Brendan Healy. T.J. Brearton has an expert control of his material, from style, tone, characterisation and plot development. It had me gripped from the beginning. More please!
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Dirty Government February 13, 2014
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I really enjoyed the book until the conclusion. The ending was just a little too weird for me. I liked the main character and the way he went about solving the crime, but the whole human trafficking angle and the politicians involvement left me cold.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I liked this first book in the Titan series and I will read the next two. The storyline was good and more believable than some other authors. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Bernard R. Woodruff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read,
Hard to put down. Word word more words the word blah blah the word out about it later tonight
Published 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible tale
HABIT is an amazing story with a complex plot, complex characters, and it deals with a complex problem. Read more
Published 8 days ago by KOBAM
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Just O.K.
Published 12 days ago by Carol A. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wroth the read
Great dialog and kept me in suspense the entire time reading it. I had the "bad" guy all wrong until near the end.
Published 16 days ago by J. Dicosmo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good story, well written
Published 17 days ago by fishingfool
2.0 out of 5 stars Has possibilities, but not there yet
The ending comes @ least 7 chapters too late.
Published 20 days ago by Suzanne L. Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This was a pretty good read. Complex plot with plenty of twists and turns. Likeable main characters with issues of their own.
Published 22 days ago by Eunice
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!
Published 24 days ago by Cindy Calicchio
1.0 out of 5 stars PLODDED ON & ON & ON...
I was surprised to see the number of stars rating this book highly. I thought it was poorly written & plodded on & on & on. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Avid Reader
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More About the Author

T.J. Brearton is the best-selling author of HABIT and SURVIVORS, the first two books in the detective/conspiracy series known as the Titan Trilogy. The final book is expected to arrive mid-2015.

He is the author of the paranormal crime novel HIGHWATER, and the mystery thriller DARK WEB. Brearton is published by Joffe Books, based in London.

Short fiction publications include The Rusty Nail Magazine, Orange Quarterly, Enhance Magazine, Third Rail, Atticus Review, and Nonsense Society. GUNPLAY is a short collection of his crime and thriller stories.

He lives in the Adirondacks with his wife and three children and can be found at

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