ROBERT JAMES MITCHELL was brought up in Stirling where he attended Riverside Primary school between 1972 and 1979 before moving onto Wallace High School.
Having developed a keen interest in history from an early age, especially medieval history, Mitchell regularly corresponded with the great Scottish historical novelist Nigel Tranter during his teenage years in the mid-eighties.
Mitchell graduated MA Honours in British, European and Scottish Medieval History from Glasgow University in July 1989 and joined Strathclyde Police, on July 31, 1989.
Mitchell was initially posted to the former ‘D’ Division, or the North, as it was known to all those who served in it and the author still cherishes his first set of shoulder numerals which were D325.
After 12 years Police Service in a 'variety' of roles Mitchell left to become a sports journalist where during a 13 year period he worked for the Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser, The Glasgow Evening Times and The Scotsman.
It was in 2008, while recovering from an appendicitis, that Mitchell decided to write the first draft of ‘Parallel Lines: The Glasgow Supremacy‘, a crime thriller set in Glasgow in the recent past, drawing heavily on his own experiences and featuring the characters of Detective Sergeant Gus Thoroughgood and DC Kenny Hardie.
After a myriad of rejections the novel was published in spring 2011, by the Strategic Book Group, New York. In July, 2011, the ebook of the same novel was published by Fledgling Press of Edinburgh, for whom it is the top selling ebook.
In January, 2012, RJ Mitchell signed a contract with Fledgling for full rights to the follow up entitled ‘The Hurting: The Glasgow Terror’ which was published in all formats in July 2012.
The novel, which centres around a terrorist attack on Glasgow has since proven tragically prophetic in terms of the Paris atrocities and returned into the Scottish crime Ebook best sellers in December 2015.
In November 2013 the third in the Thoroughgood trilogy, The Longest Shadow was published in all formats by Fledgling Press, to critical acclaim, when it was made Radio Clyde Book of the Month.
In November 2014, Fledgling Press secured the paperback rights to Parallel Lines and the book was subsequently re-launched in the UK and has now become Mitchell's best selling paperback title.
In the summer of 2015, after much soul searching, RJ Mitchell decided to part company with Fledgling Press and subsequently signed a four book deal with respected English independent publishers McNidder&Grace.
On June 23, 2016 the first book of that deal the Thoroughgood prequel, The Shift, set in 1989 and heavily based on Mitchell's miserable two year spell as a rookie probationary cop in the North of Glasgow, interwoven with a fictionalised account of the Ice Cream Wars and the Northern Ireland troubles spilling over into Glasgow launched.
The Shift has confirmed Mitchell's ability to write exceptionally gritty and realistic crime fiction, filled with colourful and believable characters within in an action driven plot, the pace of which is relentless.
RJ Mitchell has also just completed the first book in a new stand alone series about a new anti-hero, disgraced ex-SAS soldier Ludovic Graham, entitled Heist, in which the action rages across Europe and Scotland. The novel is pencilled in for release late 2016 early 2017.