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J.K. Rowling Secretly Published a Crime Novel That’s Been Available For Months


J.K. Rowling published a crime novel in April, but the general public had no idea. The Cuckoo’s Calling made a quiet appearance on shelves in spring; it was penned by newcomer Robert Galbraith. As it turns out, Galbraith was just Rowling’s pen name. Clever girl.

Rowling had hoped to keep the secret a little longer, but The Sunday Times investigated the first-time author Galbraith because his debut novel was so solid. Two linguistics researchers compared the crime novel with Rowling’s other books and found similarities. It’s not a stretch to imagine Rowling wanted to publish a book without the crazy expectations that will come with anything she writes post-Harry Potter. She told the Times:

I had 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 under a different name.

The Cuckoo’s Calling has received positive reviews from critics, and I imagine it has to be satisfying to gain that praise without her very recognizable name attached. It makes you wonder whether Rowling will use more pen names in the future.

(The Sunday Times via io9)


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