Quite what blockbusting novelist John Grisham has done for the
legal industry - on which he bases his thrillers - we don’t know.
But whatever it is, author and sometime PR consultant David Michie is
threatening to do the same for the PR industry, with the publication of
the first thriller set in the PR world, Conflict of Interest.
Published by Little, Brown, Conflict of Interest follows the story of
Chris Treiger, who has been hired by top London PR firm Lombard.
While readers from the wider community will enjoy the thriller, those in
the know can have hours of fun speculating on which agency Lombard is
really based, and identifying the real Mike Cullen. Naturally we have
our own ideas here, but fear of legal redress prevents us from
discussing them in these pages.
Michie is no more illuminating: ’While the mannerisms of certain
characters are instantly identifiable, all of the cast are composite.
Having been through the libel grind with my last book, it can’t be any