In a plot twist worthy of a novel, it turns out that J.K. Rowling is the real author of The Cuckoo’s Calling, which she published on April 30 under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
The Sunday Times got suspicious when it realized that “Galbraith’s” editor, agent, and publisher all worked with Rowling, and uncovered her ruse.
In a statement, Rowling said, “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. . . . And to those who have asked for a sequel, Robert fully intends to keep writing the series, although he will probably continue to turn down personal appearances.”
The Cuckoo’s Calling is about the suicide of supermodel Lula Landry (who sounds like she could have stepped out of the pages of Harry Potter), and its investigation by Detective Cormoran Strike, an Afghanistan war veteran who’s down on his luck.
Do you plan to pick up this mystery novel now that you know Rowling wrote it?