J.K. Rowling outed on her detective novel

July 15, 2013|By Dave Rosenthal

I admire J.K. Rowling for resisting the urge to kick back on her own private island, one paved with gold coins from the royalties on her Harry Potter series. Not only has she published "The Casual Vacancy," an "adult" novel (as if HP was only for kids), but she has now been outed as the author of a well-received mystery.

The Sunday Times revealed that Rowling wrote "The Cuckoo's Calling" under the name Robert Galbraith and kept up the pretence that it was the work of a married father of two and former undercover investigator.

"I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience," she told the Times. "It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name."

Where will Rowling strike next? I suppose we'll find out next that she has written the entire  "Dummies" series.

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