David Justice studied French at the Sorbonne, mathematics and
physics at Harvard and MIT, and math and linguistics at
In addition to the works described below, David Justice is the
author of The Semantics of Form in Arabic, in the Mirror of
He taught French at Berkeley, and linguistics at the University of
Alberta, then worked at Merriam-Webster as Editor of
Etymology (where he edited Webster’s Book of Word Histories)
and as Editor of Pronunciation. He subsequently was editor-in-
chief at Franklin Electronic Publishers. He is currently employed
as a language analyst.
He lives with his bride of thirty-five years, overlooking a peaceful
David Justice writes a blog on theology, philosophy, and
mathematics at The World of Dr. Justice, as well as pieces
focused on the private Investigator of his fiction, Michael X.
Murphy at Murphy Bros.
Author David Justice, with
his wife Suzanne and son
Novels by David Justice
Short Stories by David Justice
I Don't Do Divorce Cases
Murphy is a deeply flawed man, but has always had an
aversion to taking that bread and butter of the investigative
field--the divorce case. He's not himself exactly sure why he
won't compromise himself with them. In the stories within
this volume, he explores that mystery as he meets other
intriguing cases along the way.
Click here to read an excerpt from I Don't Do Divorce Cases.
Murphy on the Mount
This is the first novel-length story featuring Michael X.
Murphy and his brother Joey. Murphy takes on the most
impossible of cases, no leads, no clues, and then no client!
As the case unfolds, however, Murphy learns of the
"Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit"--the unpardonable
sin! He proceeds with the case now burdened with the
concern that he may already have committed it and is thus
Murphy on the Mount is a humorous, thoughtful, and
ultimately triumphant story of forgiveness and redemption.
Click here to read excerpts from Murphy on the Mount.
Don't Mention It
This story first appeared in Alfred Hitchcock in May, 1988. It is
included in the collection I Don't Do Divorce Cases, but if you're
looking for a single story to start your exploration of the world of
Murphy, it's a classic example of David Justice's style.
Murphy and Joey start into what seems like a normal missing
person case. But curious inconsistencies emerge in the client's
Murphy Makes a Mitzvah
Solly's sister is dying. But he can't just close up his pawn shop.
Too many people depend on him. For one, there's Murphy, who
has put his toaster in and out of hock a dozen times this year
Who could possibly handle the business in his absence?
Murphy takes on the job in a surprising and quirky story of love
Murphy Calls in a Specialist
We read in Scripture, " “He that toucheth pitch, shall be defiled ..."
And so it proves for Murphy.
His massive powers of detection quickly penetrate to the heart of
the case -- its dreadful truth --but here, mere knowledge does not
Shaken, infected by what he most abhors... Murphy must call in a
Ellery Queen's Mystery
Magazine and Alfred
Magazine have both published
short stories by David Justice
featuring the Murphy Brothers.
You can read all of those in I Don't
Do Divorce Cases, as well as many
never before published stories, in
which Murphy, with his brother
Joey, solve strange cases and along
the way explore the mysteries and
meaning of life.
Murphy on the Mount is the first
novel-length story featuring the