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Author and Websites
Anything by lstuds
  • Recommended by Miss Romantic Tragedy
  • This author stands out for her great characterization, emotion, and interactions/relationships between characters. lstuds focuses on the relationship between Neal and Peter, as well as them individually, with Elizabeth showing up frequently. They have a great grip on playing one's emotions—easily making the reader actually react to the characters, whether it be with gripping anxiety, heart-wrenching melancholy, or an uncontrollable "awww."

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

Caffrey's El Number 1 by kalirush

  • Recommended by: rioludoodle
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Neal forges a painting. Peter watches."
  • Comments: A very well-written, introspective fic that analyzes Peter's and Neal's characters while telling a short story. An amazing, vivid read.

Up is Down and All Around by Rainey13

  • Recommended by: rioludoodle
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Peter and Neal have been partners for three years, and after all the ups and downs, they're in a good place. But when tragedy strikes, and a lengthy prison sentence separates them, can they keep their friendship intact? (WARNING: Canon character death)
  • Comments: This fic will hook you for a long ride after reading just the prologue. It is heart-wrenching, well-researched, and unbelievably good.

Suspect, by Mouse 8

  • Recommended by Belphegor
  • Status: Complete
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  • Synopsis: Neal is arrested for Peter's murder.
  • Comments: as the author mentions at the beginning, it's not a death fic. It comes close, and the tone is rather grim and gritty, but its take on the partnership of Neal and Peter is very good.

Lost Boy by Tommy Hanson

  • Recommended by forgotmypants
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: A series of ficlets about de-aged Neal. Also featuring Peter, Elizabeth and Mozzie because they rock.
  • Comments: Neal gets turned into a three-year-old after touching a gold idol, and Peter and Elizabeth have to take care of him until they can get him back to normal. Neal still has his memories, but with the mindset of a three-year-old. An incredibly sweet family fic.

The Right Way to Fall by Sholio

  • Recommended by StarBright
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Fantasy AU. With his reckless behavior in his career as a thief, Neal would be dead many times over if it wasn't for a certain guardian angel…
  • Comments: Solid writing, and everyone is perfectly in character. Some Peter/Elizabeth shipping, but mostly about the friendship between Neal and angel!Peter.

Neal What?! by KeJae

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Exquisite by Sam Storyteller

  • Recommended by dua186, seconded by Eigen Locke
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: There's a place in Neal Caffrey's head where he doesn't have to lie to himself or be three steps ahead of the other guy, but so far only Peter has found it — and Peter won't give him what he really wants. Elizabeth, meanwhile, is slowly adjusting to the idea of abetting felons...
  • Pairings: Neal/Peter, Neal/Elizabeth, Peter/Elizabeth... but really, this fic is all about Neal/Peter/Elizabeth.
  • Comments: This is an epic, expert rendering of White Collar canon into queer and polyamorous territory. There's also some D/S between Peter and Neal. All of which is incredibly well done. This is one of the best fanfics I have ever read, and an absolute must read for White Collar fans. It's long — the original installment covered all of season one, and the author has continued the story through season two, and will likely do the same for season three. It works because it's a version of the story that many in fandom see beyond and underneath the layers of canon. It's the story that I often wish White Collar explicitly was. In short, it's wonderful.
    • Everyone is incredibly in-character, and the writing just flows. Given how hard it is sometimes with write character interpretations while remaining faithful to the original plot, it's ridiculous how natural the threesome feels. Definitely worth the read!

Sweets by Kelsenellenelvial Gil-Ravadry

  • Recommended by forgotmypants
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The sweetest things his lips have ever touched are as follows: lemon drops, golden caramel, dark chocolate, strawberry tarts, and Neal's sugar-sticky mouth. One more lick and then I'm finished.
  • Pairings: Peter/Neal
  • Comments: A well-written and fluffy collection of drabbles involving, of course, sweets.

National Security by fingers-falling-upwards

  • Recommended by Katherine-Sanderson
  • Status: Taken down (the link leads to an author's note explaining why)
  • A crossover with Hetalia Axis Powers
  • Synopsis: Guard a person of interest. That was all their mission was supposed to be. Who knew it would be a personified country with the mind-set of a 7-year-old. All Peter knew was that it was going to be a long year. This is a piece about Alfred and his citizens.
  • Comments: The fic that made me aware that White Collar existed, enough said.

Paper Chase by copperbadge

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Sherlock
  • Synopsis: If Neal Caffrey ran and Sherlock Holmes gave chase, who would win?
  • Notes: Has a sequel, Rematch.

Seven Years Running... by Quinis

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Batman
  • Synopsis: It was supposed to be a simple undercover mission. A favour for a friend who needed a conman thief. No one else could really do it. The short, simple, undercover mission is still ongoing, seven years later. The only person cool with this is the one undercover. (Or: In which Neal Caffrey and Dick Grayson are one and the same.)

I Lie, I Cheat, I Steal (and I Just Don't Get Any Respect) by fiercelydreamed

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Crossover with: Leverage
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "All right," Nate says, and smacks his hands together. "Let's go steal a con artist."


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