Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Robert Galbraith is J. K. Rowling

I have the feeling that this might just be the biggest piece of news in the publishing (and reading?) world this year: Robert Galbraith, author of The Cuckoo's Calling, is actually a pen-name of J. K. Rowling. Since the news came out, the book has become just about impossible to find, of course.

Apparently, the news has been out for a while, at least in the U.K. I, however, only just found out about it last night.

The Cuckoo's Calling
Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling)
Mulholland Books
Copyright: April 30, 2013

The product description:
The Cuckoo's Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

A brilliant 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, thelegendary 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 do have to wonder, if you read The Cuckoo's Calling before finding out the author's real name, did your opinion of the book change after that discovery?
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