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Parallel Lines – The Glasgow Supremacy

It’s great to hear the ‘West of Scotland Squash Divisions’ mentioned in a crime novel and who else but Bert (aka R.J.Mitchell) to be the first to do it.

I went to the Glasgow launch of Bert Mitchell’s first novel Parallel Lines (the Glasgow Supremacy) and bought my copy of the 300-page thriller hoping for a page turner, and I wasn’t disappointed. To say Bert takes us on a romp through Glasgow is understating the case, as the lead characters run amuck through Springburn, over the Kingston Bridge, George Square, the Clyde Tunnel and everywhere in-between! The body count is high, the love triangles are intense (and I’m not just talking about Thistle, Celtic and Rangers!) and the chases are every bit as charged as a good tie-break in the 5th (10-9 if you’re reading the paperback and 12-10 if you’re reading it on a Kindle!).

Although Parallel Lines is set in 2004, the main character, Gus the polisman, is well and truly stylised in the 70s & 80s, which allows us to be dragged kicking and screaming through references to some the era’s rock/pop classics like Fish, Whitesnake and AC/DC, making no apologies for sparking nostalgia or helping the plot along. The book’s title underlines this link, being named after Blondie’s 3rd studio album ‘Parallel Lines’, as well as referring to many of the parallels that litter the novel’s characters.

Congratulations to Bert on his debut novel and with an ending like that I can’t wait to read the next installment between Declan and Gus.

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