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In Every Pig Got a Saturday, attorney Bobby Reavis and his bride Karla set out for their honeymoon on the Caribbean island of Barbados, their future together filled with blue skies and sunny days. But escaped killer Oliver "Ocee" Clarke has a different future in store for them.  What follows is a deadly game of cat-and-mouse that reaches from the streets of Dallas back to the jungles of Barbados, leading to a final showdown between the lawyer and the murderer.


A Death in the Islands tells the true story of the Ala Moana Boys and Clarence Darrow's last case: a murder trial in Honolulu in 1932, in which Darrow defended the killers of one of the Ala Moana Boys, Joe Kahahawai, who was allegedly involved in the rape of the wife of Navy Lieutenant Tommie Massie. The result was an epic courtroom battle between Darrow and the Territory of Hawaii’s top prosecutor, John C. Kelley (a lawyer described as having a “terrific jury personality – when he’s sober”), in a case that threatened to touch off a race war in Hawaii and resulted in one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American history.



A Death in the Islands: The Unwritten Law and the Last Trial of Clarence Darrow



by Mike Farris


Skyhorse Publishing






A Death in the Islands is a gripping story of injustice and legal misconduct, a compulsive page-turner that reads like a true-life film noir. An accomplished attorney himself, Mike Farris casts a sharp light onto issues of sex, race and class in ‘30s-era Hawaii that continue to resonate in today’s troubled political times. His unsparing portrait of an opportunistic Clarence Darrow is only one of several major surprises in a narrative of sustained suspense. The story of the Ala Moana boys is more than a cautionary tale; it’s an indictment of an entire society that leaves you brimming with outrage.” – Kirk Ellis, Emmy Award-winning writer/co-executive producer of HBO’s John Adams.




“With Isle of Broken Dreams, Mike Farris has weaved a colorful and intriguing story set in the brothels of Chinatown in wartime Honolulu, exposing the other side of Paradise.  As a fan of history and drama, I was quickly caught up in young Sadie MacKenzie’s fascinating journey of discovery, adventure, betrayal and unexpected redemption.”  Roy Tjioe, Island Film Group, producer of Soul Surfer and Princess Kaiulani.



Isle of Broken Dreams


by Mike Farris


Stairway Press


Trapped in the world of prostitution in World War II Honolulu's red light district, a young woman struggles to break free.




“Anyone interested in World War II, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii or human nature on the firing line will be riveted by Isle of Broken Dreams. The characters are true and the plot is breathless. This is a terrific read.”  William Bernhardt, New York Times bestselling author of the Ben Kincaid legal thrillers.

 

“In this riveting new novel, Mike Farris takes you to the dark side of Paradise, and what a trip! Vivid, atmospheric, historically accurate, and alive with interesting characters caught in a powerful, propulsive narrative. It swept me along, and once you've read a few pages, you won't be able to put it down.”  William Martin, New York Times Bestselling Author of Annapolis and The Lincoln Letter.




      
"Looking for a distinct voice, perfectly drawn characters and astonishingly interesting plots?  Pick up
a Mike Farris novel and prepare for long nights and a wild ride.  He'll throw in a few twists and turns j
ust to keep you guessing right up to the very end.  I have trouble putting his books down." 
 
Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of The Jury Master
   
 The Bequest

 by Mike Farris

 
A unusual bequest turns into a nightmare for one of Hollywood's most famous actresses.

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        Rules of Privilege
 
        by Mike Farris
 
        Savant Books
       
        A young lawyer defends her uncle on a murder charge only to discover he may be a serial killer
 
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      Manifest Intent
  
      By Mike Farris
 
       
      Attorney Scot Anthony must find out who is killing the witnesses in his case with the federal government before he becomes the final victim.  
 
 
 
 
 
                          
      Kanaka Blues
  
      By Mike Farris
 
    
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      When her mentor is killed investigating native Hawaiian sovereignty claims, law professor Erin Hanna comes to the islands to finish his investigation.  The police suspect an outlaw sovereignty leader of the murder, but Erin believes he is being set up.  Out to prove                                                  his innocence, she finds herself squarely in the sights of the real killers.
 
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     Call Me Lucky:  A Texan in Hollywood
     
     By Robert Hinkle with Mike Farris
 
    
     Rodeo cowboy Bob Hinkle parlayed his down-home Texas drawl and mannerisms into a long career in Hollywood that saw him work with, and become friend to, the likes of James Dean, Rock Hudson, Paul Newman, and John Wayne, among others.
 
 
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     Front Row Seat: A Veteran Reporter Relives the 
     Four Decades that Reshaped America
 
     by Murphy Martin, ghostwritten by Mike Farris
 
     Eakin Press
 
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