Dark Times for Bright Characters

“Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiassen should be proud, there’s finally a writer to carry on their tradition.” – James Frey
Michael Craven, an ACD at Crispin working on the Microsoft account has a new book out. It’s called Body Copy, cleverly enough.
According to Adweek, the novel tells the tale of a former pro surfer turned private investigator who investigates the murder of the famous creative director at Gale/Parker, a fictitious Los Angeles agency known for its award-winning work. One chief suspect is an envious, not-so-celebrated local competitor.
“Ad agencies provide a good canvass for a murder mystery,” says Craven. “There are a lot of smart people, attractive people, people who are semi-famous and creative people who don’t necessarily make decisions in a rational way — and then of course there is jealousy and ego sometimes. There are some nice ingredients for a crime story.”
On a related note, I’m also writing a crime story set in an ad agency. It’s called “Toxic Toxic & Toxic” and I’m writing it on Twitter. Craven says he wants his characters and the setting to “feel authentic.” My own story is a dark comic.



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.