J.K. Rowling’s secret detective novel The Cuckoo’s Calling is now a huge hit on Amazon.
Shortly after news broke that the Harry Potter scribe had secretly written a crime novel under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, sales began to shoot through the proverbial roof. The book is currently perched at the top of the sales charts over at Amazon UK.
According to Publisher’s Weekly, the secret J.K. Rowling novel is also selling extremely well on Kindle. The website also points out that The Cuckoo’s Calling became an instant hit at Barnes & Noble as well.
Rowling’s crime story is also selling extremely well in the United States. The novel presently holds the second place position on Amazon’s Top 100 Books chart. As of this writing, the hardcover edition of the book is temporarily out of stock. However, curious fans who need a copy right now can always check out the Kindle edition.
The book tells the story of a detective who is brought in to investigate the mysterious death of a model. The down-on-his-luck gumshoe soon infiltrates the fashion world’s seedy underbelly in order to track down her killer.
Released back in April, Robert Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling earned quite a bit of critical praise from literary types. Although it sold a decent amount of copies at first, the surge in popularity arrived shortly after The Sunday Times outed Rowling as the real author.
The Harry Potter author said in a statement:
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.
According to The Wrap, the official biography for Robert Galbraith describes him as an ex-military type who used his experience with the Royal Military Police to craft the acclaimed crime story. The bio also states that Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym, though nobody realized it was Rowling until The Sunday Times did some digging.
Are you surprised that J.K. Rowling is responsible for penning The Cuckoo’s Calling?