Dave Justus may be late to the game, but he’s moving ahead quickly, introducing readers to his Young Adult novel.  Dave’s project is unique in that it is both a mystery for the reader, and a mystery for the rest of those participating in 30 Day Writing Challenge.  Confused?  We’ll let Dave explain, after the jump… or will he?

[Title Withheld]
by Dave Justus

The Clockwork contest dates coincide nicely with my deadline on the Young Adult novel I’ve been commissioned to write. Respecting the client’s wishes, though, means that I can’t really share any identifying details, nor post any excerpts. Suffice to say, it’s a thrilling murder mystery that, somewhere along the way, involves both an island and a canny female hacker. I will be publishing under the pseudonym “Stieg Larsson.”


Dave Justus is nobody you’ve ever heard of. His published works include a bit of DC/Vertigo’s House of Mystery #25 and the short story “The Next Day” in Electric Velocipede #21/22. He would not be surprised to learn that his inclusion in this contest is an elaborate hoax.

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  1. January 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm — Reply

    After reading this “tease” I’m beginning to think the last line of your bio is true…

  2. Dave Justus
    January 8, 2012 at 2:50 pm — Reply

    For what it’s worth, every word of that tease is 100% true, except for the last two.

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