R Lawson Gamble Official Site


I’m happy to be home from Great Falls, Montana, where the Western Writers of America Writer’s Symposium had an unwelcome guest: Winter!

Here is how it looked one day before the freak record snowfall near Great Falls, Montana. The Symposium went on through amazing dedication and this author was able to escape winter for California (see the author’s pictures on Instagram as Lawson Gamble).

Exciting News! CANAAN’S SECRET took Bronze in the READER’S FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD CONTEST 2019, announced September 1, in the category FICTION/MYSTERY/MURDER. Big award ceremony scheduled in Miami in November during the Miami International Book Fair. We are very proud of Zack!

LAS CRUCES, Zack Tolliver, FBI book #7 is available at Amazon.com. The paperback version is also now available! Get yours now.

LAS CRUCES is a riveting story springing from an actual cruel and ironic incident that ended the lives of two American pioneers whose adventurous careers constitute a book in itself. Perhaps, one day. 

Read Cover Reveal (a blog on this site) for a preview of the novel’s back page and preface and the first look at the book’s cover, the work of cover artist Krysta Lynn who once again perfectly captures the essence of the content that lies between.

Special News! CANAAN”S SECRET has been nominated by TopShelf Magazine for entry into their 2019 TopShelf Indie Book Award. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for success in September. YOU CAN HELP with your review on Amazon.com.

Old News

☛R Lawson Gamble was a featured author at “An Evening With Authors”

☛On Sunday, September 22 at 11 AM R Lawson Gamble read excerpts from ZACA at (yes) ZACA MESA WINERY (here). We were in the shade of the tree in front of the barn opened by the special Country & Western sound of Buddy C. Everyone enjoyed the 2015 Zaca Mesa Syrah and listened to the author read from his own book while the breezes stirred our imaginations.

☛On September 27 the author was in Great Falls, Montana for the James Ersfeld Symposium on the art of writing the American West. The panels took place in the C.M. Russell Museum (what better place?).

If you haven’t visited in a while you will notice a new page and new feature, Trail Running. I enjoy learning about the areas I visit by running the trails I often find there. One can gain an intimate sense of the locality this way. I will update the page with additional photos and brief notes from time to time. I’d love your comments/observations on the photos.

Our own local Art-Deco hostelry, the Skyview, has ordered another 40 Los Alamos Valley books from us. I love the way this establishment is integrating with the town of Los Alamos. You can borrow a bicycle to ride down the hill into town and read all about the historic buildings (don’t do both at the same time).

We are also supplying Los Alamos Valley to the Depot Mall. It is prominently displayed at the cashier’s counter.

R Lawson Gamble latest interview by AllAuthor

Author R Lawson Gamble spent his childhood in central New Jersey on 50 acres of land with a book in his hand. Read full interview...

If you are looking for exciting crime mystery with a touch of paranormal, you have come to the right place. See my Zack Tolliver, FBI series page or find it here.

NEW: WESTERN JUSTICE, a collection of three novellas featuring novellas by Felix Giordano, Mark Reps, and a new work by R Lawson Gamble (a prequel to the Zack Tolliver, FBI series) is now FREE on Amazon. Go to the R Lawson Gamble Amazon page.

CANAAN’S SECRET! You will want to read this book! Find it here at Amazon.com. Native American mysticism, Mormon fundamentalism, and murder – a murky soup for Zack and Eagle Feather––an exciting read for you! Now playing! …er, Reading!


Producer John McLoughlin narrates CANAAN’S SECRET . As you shall see, he has a most pleasant and expressive voice. I have listened to his work on the first two chapters and am most pleased.

MORE NEWS! A familiar voice to Audible  Zack Tolliver, FBI mysteries listeners  is back! Thomas Block has agreed to produce our first (and favorite) volume, THE OTHER. Purchase it now.

The Author on Radio!

R Lawson Gamble interview on Hometown Radio on the Dave Congalton Show – 920 KEVC: Listen here

R Lawson Gamble interviewed by Barbara Hodges on No Limits Radio (Red River Radio): Listen here

The Author on Television!

The Invitation au Voyage episode about Salomon Pico shot in Santa Barbara and Los Alamos featuring this author aired on ARTE in France and Germany on May 14 at 14:30! You can watch it! (How’s your French?)

Here is the link.

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Enjoy this review of PAYU’S JOURNEY AT Dogpatch Press.




Characters pic of Rich

Train Face adjusted

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21 thoughts on “R Lawson Gamble Official Site

  1. I have enjoyed reading the first three Tolliver novels, and look forward to reading the others. That being said, as a veteran of 30+ years in Santa Barbara County law enforcement it was confusing to me that Barnard changed from Police Chief to a member of the Sheriff’s Department as the story progressed. In addition the ‘State Police’ do not function in a criminal investigation role in California. The DOJ lab could well have been on the scene though. Obviously most readers of fiction would not have noticed this. I myself enjoyed the read and offer my kudos.

    • Thank you , Donald, for your comment. I had not realized Barnard was so loose with his job description, nor understood the limitations of the State Troopers. I shall correct these things in the next edition. I am grateful. R Lawson Gamble

    • Hi, Dwayne,

      Thank you for your inquiry. The paperback is not yet available, we expect it late summer. The audio book is in the works as well, due in September. We’ll keep you posted at the site.

    • When is ‘Canaan’s Secret’ going to be published in book form? I did not see a reply to Dave’s question. Anybody there to answer the question?

  2. I have read all of the Zack Tolliver’s series & enjoyed them immensely. A s a retired teacher, I not only enjoy the plots but also how well-written they are. Kudos to you for that! I find myself so irritated by the many spelling, grammatical errors and left out words in some books that I actually quit reading the book. I taught English as well as other subjects, & I just automatically stop & correct the errors. This prevents me from being able to just read & enjoy the book. Thank you again for your well-written books. I’m so looking , forward to your new book, Las Cruces ; I wish it was coming out sooner. I would have preordered it had it been possible.

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