New Books and Stories from Neil S. Plakcy

Nobody Rides for Free

With less than a year of experience under his belt and only one big case behind him, FBI Special Agent Angus Green has joined the rarefied group of agents who have been wounded in the line of duty.

Now, assigned to a desk job while he recovers, Angus wonders if he's chosen the right career. He's been following his late father's dream for a life of adventure and travel-and instead encountered danger, pain and heartbreak.

But when he discovers that gay teens are being sexually abused by a pornographer in the same neighborhood where he lives, he has to step up and bring his intelligence, his determination and his unique insights to save these young men.
The case takes him from Fort Lauderdale's seamy underbelly to boisterous beachfront bars where big-fish Russian émigrés launder illegal cash. He'll befriend a beautiful Russian-American undercover agent and rekindle a romance with a man who makes him feel protected.

In the end, he'll learn the truth of a saying he learned as a boy -- there is a price to pay for every decision we make. Nobody rides for free.

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Dog is in the Details

In this eighth of the golden retriever mysteries, Steve explores a part of his background I hadn't looked at yet -- growing up Jewish in the Trenton suburbs. Since he has a lot in common with me (except for the whole divorce and imprisonment thing) it seemed logical that he'd share this part of my own heritage.

Years ago, I took my first golden, Samwise, to a blessing of the animals at our synagogue here in South Florida, and that seemed like a good place to start a new story, one that would lead Steve to explore his roots. A young man suffering from mental illness disrupts the blessing of the animals at the synagogue he attends, a congregation where he grew up and celebrated his bar mitzvah. This starts Steve and Rochester on their newest investigation, one that will take Steve back into the past of his family, his congregation, and the Jewish population of the city where he was born.
As Steve teaches a class in Jewish American literature, he and Rochester nose out suspects and dig up clues to present-day crimes-and ones in the past which still influence the living. From the rabbi's Talmud study group to a homeless shelter in Trenton, our two intrepid sleuths are on the trail of someone with deep secrets, and the will to kill to protect them.

For now, the e-book is available only through Amazon, where Kindle Unlimited members can read for free. It's also available in print from Amazon. Other retailers including Barnes and Noble and the iTunes will come in 90 days when my exclusivity with Amazon expires.

Love on the Boil

Fifth in my "Love On" series, Love on the Boil is the first to deviate from the stories of the guys in my erotica collection Three Lambs. The setting on South Beach is the same, though, and I'm still writing about young guys looking for love and career success on South Beach.

What if the one who got away came back-and you had to work together to achieve your dreams?

Eddie Gonzalez and Darren Carter had a hot college romance, derailed when they graduated and went in different directions.

But now they're both on South Beach, both trying to start gourmet tea businesses. A venture capitalist forces them to collaborate-- but will their venture go up in flames just as it's heating up?
To learn more about my inspiration for the book, and see some of the photos I've taken of the locations, click here.

Click here to order the e-book from Loose Id. You can also order it from Amazon or Kobo. Other retailers including Barnes and Noble and the iTunes store coming soon.

Ghost Ship

After seven novels about Kimo and two collections of short stories, I decided to move Kimo and Ray to the FBI and let them investigate bigger cases than local homicides in Honolulu. I'd graduated from the FBI's Citizens Academy by then, so I had a good idea of the kind of cases that the Bureau investigates.

Starting with the previous book, the 8th in the series, Children of Noah, Kimo and Ray went on assignment to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, where local law enforcement agents from groups as varied as the Coast Guard, TSA, and military police work together.

Now, as their time at the FBI is drawing to a close, they're drawn into a case that will challenge Kimo in every way possible -- the death of a young family, with twins like Kimo and Mike's, who die when their sailboat containing nuclear materials crashes on the Leeward Coast of O'ahu.
The book will take Kimo away from Mike and their kids, away from the local knowledge he relies on, to cold climates and dangerous villains. Now available in ebook and print. Click here to order from MLR (where I get the most royalties), from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

The Next One Will Kill You

The world's a tough place for an FBI agent, especially a young one fresh out of Quantico, accustomed to viewing the world through the lens of an accounting spreadsheet.

Assigned to South Florida for his first posting, Angus Green is worlds away from his hardscrabble upbringing in Scranton, PA. He has to cope with ethnic distinctions he's never considered, a multitude of foreign languages spoken around him, and a range of crimes and criminals that boggles his mind.

While investigating a jewelry heist with its roots in Fort Lauderdale's gay neighborhoods, Angus must learn how to use his education, his intelligence and his good looks without losing track of who he is and what he stands for.
The street quickly teaches him that the only way to face a challenge is to assume that he'll survive this one--that it'll be the next one that will kill him.

The Next One Will Kill You is available in print and e-book from Diversion Books. Click here to order it from, or here for links to other major retailers. I've also already seen the paperback on the shelves at Barnes & Noble.

"Riding the Tiger" in Happy Homicides 5

When Joanna Campbell Slan and Linda Hengerer announced that the fifth edition of Happy Homicides was going to focus on cats and crime, I thought it would be fun to see Rochester interact with a feline friend.

I know exactly how Brody and Griffin react when they see one of our neighborhood cats - they want to play! So of course Rochester will feel the same way, especially when the cat wants to lead him into trouble.

The story was inspired by a former student of mine. He was a smart kid and a good writer and I could tell he was going places-though jail wasn't one of those places I thought he'd end up. A few years after he left my class, he showed up in the Miami Herald as a suspect in a case involving stolen bitcoins, a digital payment system. I was proud that one of my students was involved in something so cutting-edge-and that he was savvy enough to negotiate himself out of criminal charges by offering to teach the police about bitcoins and how they can be manipulated.

See You Soon?

I'll be reading from and discussing the new Angus Green book, NOBODY RIDES FOR FREE, on Thursday November 16, at 7 PM, at the Stonewall Gallery. Pub date for that book is October 24, 2017.

Also serving up free tea-based cocktails to celebrate Love on the Boil-- so come by for a drink and a chat! The gallery is located at 2157 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors.

I'll also be teaching a short workshop on mystery writing at the All Write Jump Start Your Novel conference, sponsored by the Florida chapter of Mystery Writers of America. It will take place on Saturday September 23rd from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM, and my workshop will take place from 12:00 - 1:00-- right before the lunch break!

Join us at the North Regional Broward County Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Boulevard, Coconut Creek, FL 33066.

Now in Audio

If you like audiobooks, I hope you'll consider mine.

The Golden Retriever Mysteries
#1 - In Dog We Trust at Amazon or ibooks
#2 - The Kingdom of Dog at Amazon or ibooks
#3 - Dog Helps Those at Amazon or ibooks
#4 - Dog Bless You at Amazon or ibooks
#5 - Whom Dog Hath Joined at Amazon or ibooks
#6 - Dog Have Mercy at Amazon or ibooks
# 7 - Honest to Dog at Amazon or ibooks

Have Body, Will Guard
#1 - Three Wrong Turns in the Desert at Audible or ibooks
# 2 - Dancing with the Tide at Audible or ibooks
# 3 - Teach Me Tonight at Audible or ibooks
#4 - Olives for the Stranger at Audible or ibooks

Genie for Hire: A Biff Andromeda Mystery at Amazon or ibooks
The Cat Who Got Married and Other Purr-fectly Romantic Stories at Amazon

Cleis has created audiobook editions of the anthologies I've edited for them:
Hard Hats (Amazon or ibooks),
Surfer Boys (Amazon or ibooks),
Beach Bums (Amazon or ibooks),
Sexy Sailors (Amazon or ibooks),
Model Men (Amazon or ibooks)
The Handsome Prince (Amazon or ibooks).

I translated my award-winning story "Christmas in Honolulu" into French, then hired a copy editor to make sure that if my college French teacher read it she wouldn't scream in horror. "Un Noel Hawaiien" is now available as an ebook through The same story in German, "Weihnachten auf Honolulu," is available as well. The Italian translation of the first golden retriever mystery is available, as is translation into Brazilian Portuguese.


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