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When the only suspect in a violent homicide commits suicide, it seems like case closed. But Detective Gabriel O’Connor suspects a deeper mystery.  

His investigation draws him to a young fortune teller, Ezra, who seems to know more than she is letting on.  They discover the murder is only the beginning of what lies in wait – an ancient, formless presence, its will set to one purpose: to black the light of humankind and cast the world into eternal darkness.  

Gabe and Ezra soon find themselves at the centre of a universal conflict between an immense evil and a race of powerful beings sworn to destroy it.  Together, they must find the strength, in each other and in themselves, to survive. For within them lies the power to save the human race.  

A terrifying, visceral journey into the dark reaches of the soul, Fabel is a story of love, sacrifice, and the brutal beauty of mortality.  Fabel was shortlisted for the 2017 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards, where it received Highly Commended status.

Praise for Fabel - 

“Fabel is a genre-defying, mind-bending masterpiece… an epic tale of good versus evil, a fast-paced, relentless journey that leaves you both satisfied, and hungry for more. This is a great first novel.” - Horrifica Book Reviews.  

“Fabel explores the nature of good and evil, and the qualities of strength, compassion and humanity. The pace and confidence of the writing enables Heffernan to blur genres, inhabit an array of characters, straddle timelines and even transcend worlds. It is at its strongest in the development of authentic characters and their relationships.” - 2017 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards – Fiction Award – judges’ comments.


"Very good supernatural sci-fi yarn. Begins as an atmospheric Neo noir detective story with fantasy elements and builds to an epic interplanetary battle between good and bad. Great first novel, look forward to the next!" – Goodreads reader review. 

"Couldn't put this book down! Thoroughly enjoyed the build up to and the epic final battle between good vs evil; imagery was exceptional. Highly recommend this novel! " – Goodreads reader review.

About The Author

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Thomas Heffernan is an Australian author and speechwriter. His first novel, Fabel, was shortlisted for the 2017 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards. 

His writing has featured in publications around the world, and he has written speeches for business leaders and politicians, including former Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.

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