Mike Farris

Mike Farris is a retired attorney, whose practice in Dallas included commercial litigation as well as entertainment law. He served as chair of the State Bar of Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Section and was a multi-time chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s Entertainment Art and Sports Law Section.

Mr. Farris was lead counsel for the winning plaintiff in a lawsuit involving publishing rights to Fifty Shades of Grey, and he collaborated with his client on a book about the case, Fifty Shades of Black and White: Anatomy of the Lawsuit behind a Publishing Phenomenon.

He is the author of Poor Innocent Lad: The Tragic Death of Gill Jamieson and the Execution of Myles Fukunaga and A Death in the Islands: The Unwritten Law and the Last Trial of Clarence Darrow, both true crime from the Territory of Hawaii, as well as a collaboration with rodeo cowboy-turned-actor/producer/director Robert Hinkle on Hinkle’s memoir of his years in show business, Call Me Lucky: A Texan in Hollywood

In the world of fiction, he is the author of the novels Isle of Broken Dreams, The Bequest, Wrongful Termination, Kanaka Blues, Manifest Intent, Rules of Privilege, and Every Pig Got a Saturday.

Book Reviews by Mike Farris

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The Spy Who Was Left Behind tells a fascinating story of one man’s quest for the truth, even if that meant putting his own life at risk for someone he had never met.” 

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“Rauchway provides valuable insights into the minds and motivations of Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt and, in so doing, offers a valuable contribution to American political science t

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“Throughout his moviemaking career, Hughes relentlessly worked the Hollywood system to fuel his ego, his libido, and his ambition, but in the end, he was undone by his own paranoia.

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“If one ranks the American empire as the world’s most powerful, rivaled only by imperial Rome in its heyday, then for a brief moment, by the close of his time in office,” George H. W.

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“after reading her story, you might want to remove the modifiers: Eunice was not just a brilliant African American woman lawyer; she was a brilliant lawyer.”

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“For students of history, and also for casual readers who simply enjoy learning new and unusual aspects of history, this book is a real gem.

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In medieval times, uncharted areas on maps were often marked “Here there be dragons,” but there are no records of what dragons may have been encountered, because there were no survivors to tell the

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Remembering the Greatest Coaches and Games of the NFL Glory Years is a stroll down Memory Lane for this reviewer, who was raised as a diehard fan of the Tom Landry era Dallas Cowboys.