Saturday, July 13, 2013

Harry Potter Author J. K. Rowling Recently Published Crime Novel Under Pseudonym Robert Galbraith

Who would have thought we will not have to wait for a long time before we can read yet another J. K. Rowling book? We'll not really under that name, because Rowling has a new crime investigation book entitled The Cuckoo's Calling under a pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Rowling has been known to play around with her character's name and so to use a man's name writing crime novels may be a nice way to broaden her already wide readership. This supposed to be hush hush revelation was made over The Telegraph and The Sunday Times.

Who is the pseudonymous Robert Galbraith?

After several years with the Royal Military Police, Robert Galbraith was attached to the SIB (Special Investigative Branch), the plain-clothes branch of the RMP. He left the military in 2003 and has been working since then in the civilian security industry. The idea for Cormoran Strike grew directly out of his own experiences and those of his military friends who returned to the civilian world. 'Robert Galbraith' is a pseudonym.

Here are the two versions of cover of the new book The Cuckoo's Calling by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith


A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide. After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.

And here is the official statement from author J. K. Rowling, regarding the pseudonym reveal.

I hoped to keep this secret a little longer, because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience! It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback from publishers and readers under a different name.

The upside of being rumbled is that I can publicly thank my editor David Shelley, who has been a true partner in crime, all those people at Little, Brown who have been working so hard on The Cuckoo’s Calling without realising that I wrote it, and the writers and reviewers, both in the newspapers and online, who have been so generous to the novel. And to those who have asked for a sequel, Robert fully intends to keep writing the series, although he will probably continue to turn down personal appearances.

This book has been around a few months ago (April 30, 2013) and has only been brought to light due to the revelation of the real name of the author. You can order the book over here.