Neil S. Plakcy
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Neil S. Plakcy

I've wanted to be an author since I was about sixteen, when a high school assignment on A Separate Peace showed me how powerful writing can be. At the University of Pennsylvania I studied creative writing with Philip Roth and Carlos Fuentes; I went on to receive my MFA from Florida International University.

My first published novel was Mahu, about a Honolulu homicide detective dragged out of the closet during a tough case. I put a lot of myself into Kimo Kanapa'aka, the hero, and yet he's very much his own character, and much better than I am! He has had a powerful hold on my imagination for many years. I love writing about him and hope to keep doing so for a long time. He's also the source of my favorite reader question. A few years ago, someone emailed to ask if he was circumcised.

My first reaction was "Man, I'll bet Stephen King doesn't get questions like that." But then, his are probably even weirder. I went online and did some research and discovered that at the time Kimo was born, hospital circumcisions were common. So there you go.

My path to publication was a long and checkered one, as is the case with many authors. My first published stories were magazine erotica, and I still like to keep my hand in (no pun intended) with that kind of writing. But for the most part now I write mystery and romance--all my books seem to have both those elements, though in different proportions.

I began writing the golden retriever mysteries because I spent so much time walking my golden, Samwise (yes, I'm a Tolkien geek). He had so many funny habits and such a strong personality that I just knew I had to write a book that featured a dog like him. (Fortunately, Sam had no habit of finding dead bodies.)

I live in Hollywood, Florida now, with my partner and our golden retrievers, Brody and Griffin.

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Best Sellers

    • Hard Hats: Gay Erotic Stories

    • By: Neil Plakcy
    • Narrated by: Darren Douglas
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    In this world, the hats are not the only thing that's hard....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This is fantastic. (yes is, not was)

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-02-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • In Dog We Trust

    • By: Neil S. Plakcy
    • Narrated by: Kelly Libatique
    • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 139
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 122
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 121

    After a bad divorce and a brief prison term for computer hacking, 42-year-old Steve Levitan has returned to his home town of Stewart's Crossing and taken a part-time job as an adjunct professor....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Cute, Fun, Mystery, Especially for Dog Lovers

    • By Danielle on 01-07-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Kingdom of Dog

    • Golden Retriever Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: Neil S. Plakcy
    • Narrated by: Kelly Libatique
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    When his mentor, Joe Dagorian, director of admissions at prestigious Eastern College, is murdered during a fund-raising event, Steve Levitan feels obliged to investigate....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Follow Up

    • By Beatrice on 12-29-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Handsome Prince: Gay Erotic Romance

    • By: Neil Plakcy
    • Narrated by: Luke Avery
    • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 38

    The Handsome Prince is a mix of traditional and contemporary stories, each with its own unique fairy-tale atmosphere....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Kept me awake on a long road trip... :)

    • By Julie on 09-07-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Model Men: Gay Erotic Stories

    • By: Neil Plakcy (editor)
    • Narrated by: Luke Avery
    • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Whether a hundred times life size on a billboard or romping through the pages of a glossy magazine in his Calvins, Tommys, or Ralphs, the male model is the gold standard for masculine beauty....

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Mahu

    • By: Neil Plakcy
    • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Mahu -- a generally negative Hawaiian term for homosexuals -- introduces a unique character to detective fiction. Kimo Kanapa'aka is a handsome, mixed-race surfer living in Honolulu....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful Example of the Coming Out Experinence

    • By Jim Lee on 09-09-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Honest to Dog

    • Golden Retriever Mysteries, Volume 7
    • By: Neil S. Plakcy
    • Narrated by: Kelly Libatique
    • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    When Steve's college friend Doug dies under mysterious circumstances, Steve and his crime-solving golden retriever Rochester have a new goal....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Rochester reminds me of the Sleuth of Scooby Doo

    • By Myztikal on 06-09-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Under the Waterfall

    • Have Body, Will Guard, Book 5
    • By: Neil Plakcy
    • Narrated by: Stan Jenson
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    As soon as they're settled in their new home on the French Riviera, bodyguards Aidan and Liam are sent to the island of Corsica to protect a mining executive and his family....

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Dog Helps Those

    • A Golden Retriever Mystery, Volume 3
    • By: Neil S. Plakcy
    • Narrated by: Kelly Libatique
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    It's almost time for graduation, and Eastern College is in trouble. A prominent alumna is dead, and a faulty computer program is jeopardizing student records and financial aid....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Best of the Series

    • By Diana on 01-07-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Three Wrong Turns in the Desert

    • By: Neil Plakcy
    • Narrated by: Stan Jenson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 47

    Liam and Aidan explore the passion Liam hid from as a closeted Navy SEAL, and the love Aidan's missed after his longterm boyfriend kicked him to the curb....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Average at best

    • By Boys like Boys on 12-31-13

    Regular price: $19.95

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