J K Rowling unmasked as secret crime novelist
press trust of india
London, 14 July
British author J K Rowling, known all over the world for her popular Harry Potter series, has been unmasked as the writer behind a crime novel released recently.
The Cuckoo&’s Calling, about a war veteran turned private investigator called Cormoran Strike, was released in April under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith to great critical acclaim. “I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience,” she told The Sunday Times after the newspaper uncovered the true identity of the author.
“It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name,” she added.
A clue that Rowling was behind the novel was that she and “Galbraith” shared an agent and editor. The book was published by Sphere, part of the Little, Brown Book Group, which published her foray into writing novels for adults, The Casual Vacancy. The book’s style and subject matter bore similarities to her other works, claims The Sunday Times which set about uncovering the truth behind how a first-time author could write such an assured debut novel.
Its plot centres on the death of a troubled model who falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony. Her brother calls in Cormoran Strike, a damaged war veteran turned detective, to investigate her death.