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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    • Dog Knows

    • Golden Retriever Mysteries, Book 9
    • By: Neil S. Plakcy
    • Narrated by: Kelly Libatique
    • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When semi-reformed computer hacker Steve Levitan learns that a girl who was kind to him in high school is accused of three murders, he and his clue-sniffing golden retriever Rochester are on the case....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Quick Addition to Rochester’s Mysteries

    • By Myztikal on 01-19-19

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    • In Dog We Trust

    • By: Neil S. Plakcy
    • Narrated by: Kelly Libatique
    • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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      4 out of 5 stars 126

    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

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    • 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
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    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
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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....

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    • Dog Is in the Details

    • Golden Retriever Mysteries, Book 8
    • By: Neil S. Plakcy
    • Narrated by: Kelly Libatique
    • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When a young man suffering from mental illness disrupts the blessing of the animals at Steve Levitan's synagogue, he and his golden retriever Rochester join an investigation that will take Steve back into the past of his family and the Jewish population of the city where he was born....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • did in details

    • By Jocelyn Triggle on 10-02-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Hard Hats: Gay Erotic Stories

    • By: Neil Plakcy
    • Narrated by: Darren Douglas
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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

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    • Dog Bless You: A Golden Retriever Mystery

    • Golden Retriever Mysteries, Volume 4
    • By: Neil S. Plakcy
    • Narrated by: Kelly Libatique
    • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
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    Autumn has come to Bucks County, and Steve Levitan has a new job: develop a conference center for Eastern College at Friar Lake, a few miles from campus....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I love this series :)

    • By Danielle on 01-25-14

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    • Whom Dog Hath Joined

    • Golden Retriever Mysteries, Book 5
    • By: Neil S. Plakcy
    • Narrated by: Kelly Libatique
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 31
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    Reformed computer hacker Steve Levitan still gets a thrill from snooping into places online where he shouldn't be....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Series

    • By Beatrice on 01-21-15

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    • 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 64
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    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....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Barking up the wrong tree

    • By VictoryRider on 08-29-17

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    • 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 48
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    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

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