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HABIT a thriller by T.J. Brearton (Lake Placid, NY) published by Joffe Books (Shoreditch, London)


Joffe Books is delighted to announce the publication of this outstanding detective thriller.

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 “HABIT by T.J. Brearton is a pacey thriller set in upstate New York. It's one of the first books that I chose to publish with my London-based company, as I found it absolutely compelling, with a flawed and complex protagonist. The tension doesn't let up for a minute. And working with Mr. Brearton, who lives in the Adirondacks, has been fun, even though it's rather a long distance publishing relationship!” Jasper Joffe


A young woman, Rebecca Heilshorn, lies stabbed to death in her bed in a remote 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 a tragic past behind him, pursues a dangerous investigation that will risk both his life and his sanity. Habit is a compelling thriller 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.



Praise for his previous books

“This book seriously crawls inside and messes with you.” K.D. Scriminger, “Rehabilitation” review, Fourth Coast Entertainment Magazine


“Brearton's characters are individualized, idiosyncratic and well fitted to the roles they play.”  Jerry McGovern, “The Millionaire Rig Veda” review, Adirondack Daily Enterprise


Brearton’s fiction first appeared in Third Rail, an underground magazine in New York City. His short stories have been published with The Rusty Nail Magazine, Orange Quarterly, Enhance Magazine, Nonsense Society, and Atticus Review, with non-fiction appearing in The Lake Champlain Weekly and Adirondack Almanack. A previous novel, “Rehabilitation,” was published independently in 2009. He attended the New York Film Academy and has worked in film, broadcast television, and freelance journalism. He lives in the Adirondacks with his wife and two children.



An independent publishing company based in the creative hub of Shoreditch, London, close to the digital and artistic communities that inspire it. Jasper Joffe, a contemporary artist, well-known for projects such as The Free Art Fair and The Sale of a Lifetime, decided to found a digital-only publishing company to release outstanding fiction and make the most of the new opportunities which are transforming the world of books.


“The age of Kindle means that I can bring great fiction out fast and with everything from cover, to blurb, to marketing done in-house. I’ve applied some of the knowledge I gained as a successful artist to the publishing world. It’s a really exciting moment to be doing this, because for the first time in history, a writer can send me a book and within a month, if everything goes well, be selling their book and having thousands of people all over the world reading it!” Jasper Joffe


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