Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has confirmed that she penned the adult crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. The novel shot up to no. 1 on Amazon after The Sunday Times outed Rowling’s as the secret author, reports Associated Press.
“I hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience,” Rowling said in a statement released by her publicist on Sunday. “It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback from publishers and readers under a different name.”
“The Cuckoo’s Calling,” is a story about a war veteran turned private investigator who is called in to probe the mysterious death of a model. The book was published to rave reviews in April by Sphere, part of publisher Little, Brown & Co.
Rowling’s authorship was revealed by British newspaper The Sunday Times after it investigated how a first-time author “with a background in the army and the civilian security industry” could write such an assured debut novel. The paper said clues included the fact that Rowling and Galbraith shared the same agent and editor, and that Little, Brown published Rowling’s novel for adults, “The Casual Vacancy.” It also said the book’s style and subject matter resembled Rowling’s work. Rowling’s publicist confirmed the paper’s detective work was correct, and the news helped the novel climb straight to the top of Amazon’s best-selling list Sunday.
In her statement, Rowling thanked her editor David Shelley, the publishing staff who worked on the book without knowing her identity, and the reviewers who praised it without knowing about her authorship. She added that “Galbraith” planned to keep writing the series, and her publisher said that the second book is expected to be published next summer. Now that her identity is revealed, Little, Brown said “The Cuckoo’s Calling” will be reprinted with a revised author biography.