J.R. Lonsway


J.R. Lonsway served with the Las Cruces Police Department for 22 years, working his way up the ranks and retiring as a Deputy Chief of Police. During his career, he served in Patrol, Narcotics, Criminal Investigations, and Professional Standards (Internal Affairs). After taking his pension, he served with U.S. Department of State as a Police Advisor in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Liberia, Haiti, Lebanon, and South Sudan.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first novel I read was The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. I was ten-years-old when my father gave it to me, and I remember the joy and pleasure of reading that book. I immediately began The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn after finishing it. I was hooked for a lifetime on reading.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I love so many books, fiction and nonfiction, by different writers, so I can't say these are my "favorite" five, but they were the first to come to mind.

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Greek Fire by Nicholas Gage
anything written by Pat Conroy and also the writings of Robert D. Kaplan.

I like books that reflect the struggle of the human spirit against adversity. With respect to Kaplan, his writings on world affairs are second to none.
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Bela Garcia Detective Novels
Based on the author's 22 years as a police officer, the Bela Garcia Detective Novels feature a Hispanic female homicide detective whose boss is her misogynistic ex-husband.

Adultery & Murder

Price: $2.99 USD.

The Immigrant Murders

Price: $2.99 USD.


The Mack Daddy Affair
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,390. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
What do corrupt cops, a dead stripper, a City Manager claiming drugs found in his car were planted, an unethical Mayor, and an unscrupulous police Lieutenant who is Detective Bela Garcia's ex-husband, have in common? The answer lies in the pages of The Mack Daddy Affair, the third volume in the Bela Garcia Detective Novels.
The Immigrant Murders
Series: Bela Garcia Detective Novels. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,380. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Someone is murdering illegal immigrants in the southwest desert city of Las Palmas, New Mexico, and as the body count mounts, Detective Bela Garcia is tasked with solving the case. Complicating her investigative effort is her ex-husband and supervisor, Lt. Larry McNeeley, an unethical, womanizing, misogynistic creep who does everything in his power to undermine Bela's investigation.
Adultery & Murder
Series: Bela Garcia Detective Novels. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 104,570. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Jack McPherson had violated the cardinal rule of extramarital affairs: never fool around with anyone who doesn't have as much to lose as you do.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 147,670. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Law enforcement
An unapologetic and politically incorrect memoir of policing. This may be one of the best books out there about cops and the job they perform.

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