A young woman, Rebecca Heilshorn, lies stabbed to death in her bed in a remote, upstate New York farmhouse. Rookie detective 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.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I’ve been told that the book does not shy away from what others in the same genre may gloss over. Habit is a story with very real, complex, flawed characters. The protagonist struggles with his own inner turmoil and faces obstacles drawn from the real world.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write. That is the only thing that, I think, works. Write, meaning: churn it out, practice, set-up a routine, and revise until you just about die from exhaustion. Also: if you feel you can’t, you probably can’t. If you feel you can, then do it.
I am an autodidact and a factotem and I like to use big words (clearly), sometimes to a fault. The most important thing is that I am married and have two beautiful kids. Beyond that, who I am probably isn’t that important. My work has appeared in the Atticus Review, Orange Quarterly, and other journals and online magazine. Habit is my first commercially published novel.