Harry Potter mastermind J.K. Rowling secretly wrote an acclaimed crime novel under a different name.
Author Robert Galbraith was described as an ex-military type who decided to pen a novel about a detective. The literary community hailed the book as a triumph, and it sent on to sell quite a few copies.
According to Fox News, Galbraith doesn’t really exist. The crime novel was actually penned by the same woman who brought the adventure of Harry Potter to the masses.
J.K. Rowling said that writing the novel The Cuckoo’s Calling as Robert Galbraith was a “liberating” experience. The author had hoped to keep up the charade for a while. Unfortunately for Rowling, the truth didn’t stay secret for very long.
“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 writer explained.
Reuters reports that the truth about Galbraith’s identity was uncovered by The Sunday Times. After questions started popping up about the author’s ability to churn out such an accomplished and acclaimed story, the paper decided to do a little detective work into who this guy really was.
In addition to being published by the same company that released The Casual Vacancy, the sleuths discovered that Galbraith and J.K. Rowling have the same editor and agent. Once the evidence was presented, Rowling’s publicist confirmed the reports. Sales of the crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling immediately began to spike online.
Rowling has reportedly penned a follow-up to her acclaimed crime novel. The next installment is currently slated to hit retail shelves as some point next year. Thanks to the recent discovery by The Sunday Times, the sequel will likely be met with a fair amount of press.
The Harry Potter scribe’s first adult novel The Casual Vacancy was released last year. Although the book received mixed reviews from critics, it still managed to sell quite a few copies.
Are you surprised that J.K. Rowling secretly penned the crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling?