J.K. Rowling has struck again. It was revealed today that Rowling used the pseudonym, Robert Galbraith, to release a crime novel, “The Cuckoo’s Calling.” The book, an old-school crime novel in the manner of P.D. James and Ruth Rendell was released by Mulholland Books in April.
The book investigates the death of a troubled model, Lulu Landry a/k/a the Cuckoo, who falls to her death from a snowy Mayfair balcony. Landry’s brother brings in a private investigator, Cormoran Strike, to investigate her death.
The identity of the book’s author has caused a great deal of speculation. When it was discovered that Galbraith and Rowling shared the same publisher and editor, the secret was out. Rowling said : “I had 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 under a different name.”
One suspects all the hoopla and intense scrutiny Rowling received with the publication of “The Casual Vacancy” last year caused her to use a pseudonym. Based on the reviews and feedback, her decision to use it for a foray into a brand new genre was a smart move.
Rowling is the best selling author of seven Harry Potter books, The Casual Vacancy and now, officially, The Cuckoo’s Calling.
Publisher’s Weekly gave The Cuckoo’s Calling a starred review, stating “In a rare feat, the pseudonymous Gilbraith combines a complex and compelling sleuth and an equally well-formed and unlikely assistant with a baffling crime in his stellar debut.”