J.K. Rowling Reveals She Ghost Wrote A Crime Novel

How couldjk there be a J.K. Rowling book that we didn’t know about?! Well, characteristically of a Slytherin, J.K. Rowling published a crime novel back in April under the pen-name of Robert Galbraith called The Cuckoo’s Calling. When news broke today that she was actually Mr. Galbraith in disguise, the internet exploded and I immediately ordered a copy for myself online.

The Telegraph received confirmation from the author as well as a statement. “I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience,” said Rowling. “It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”

The author’s biography is as hilarious as this news that’s been kept secret from us for several months. It reads, “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.”

The book is available right now on Amazon and currently has a nearly 5-star rating.

Here’s the book’s official synopsis:

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.

I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! I feel like it’s going to be so much more thrilling than I found The Casual Vacancy to be.

Will you be buying The Cuckoo’s Calling?

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Jeffrey West

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I'm a 22 year old writer and filmmaker living in New York City. I am constantly questioning everything around me.

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  • http://twitter.com/davidshead David Yenoki (@davidshead)

    I think this was really brilliant of J.K. Rowling! With Casual Vacancy’s cool reception I wondered if perhaps she was fighting unfair expectations that would be mitigated by a pseudonym. Really looking forward to reading Cuckoo’s Calling.

  • http://booksmartie.blogspot.com Laura

    I was uh-mazed when I first read about this! First of all: we should have expected something like this to happen. Second of all: It’s JK Rowling, unpredictable as always. Haha, I’m the worst fangirl, I know. But seriously, I need to have that book! Like…right now! And why didn’t anyone tell me speculations like these were going around? I’d have loved to join the discussions :)

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