Written under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, the detective tale The Cuckoo’s Calling had sold a small number of hard cover copies. And although it had received favourable reviews, it had not hit any best-seller lists and was generally ignored by the public.
Rowling has admitted that she is indeed the writer and that she’d hoped to keep her identity secret for a while longer.
“Being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience,” she said in a statement to the Times. “It has been wonderful to publish without hype and expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”
The book has gone from unnoticed to instant best-seller, and retailers are struggling to meet the demand. Cuckoo’s publisher, Little Brown, has ordered a second printing of 300,000 copies.
The story follows Cormoran Strike, a war veteran turned private detective investigating the mysterious death of a model who fell from her balcony. A second book is in the works for 2014, making me hopeful that this is a new series that will have many, many books.
To be honest, I hadn’t heard anything about this book, or this author, before it was discovered Rowling was the real writer. Having obtained an e-copy, I’m excited to start reading it as soon as I can!! Of course, I’d like to finish World War Z by Max Brooks first, but as soon as that’s done, I’ll be giving Cuckoo’s a read. I’ll let you know what I think as soon as I’m done!!
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- Crime Novel Turns Bestseller After JK Rowling Revealed as Author (voanews.com)
- The Cuckoo’s Calling (m.ew.com)