JK Rowling’s crime novel debut skyrocketed to top sales charts after it came out.While trying to keep it a secret, she was still outed as the author of ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’, having published the book under the name Robert Galbraith. It sold only 1,500 copies since it came out in April.
Quite Sophisticated for a First Book
‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’tells the story of Cormoran Strike,a war veteran turned private investigator. The Sunday Times assumed that it was a first book, and yet it did not fail to draw acclaim from critics despite being written under a different name.
A Liberating Experience
Rowling stated that she hoped to keep this secret a little longer, as being Robert Galbraith has been “such a liberating experience.” She relished the experience of publishing without hype or expectation, while anticipating the unbiased feedback from publishers and readers under a whole new name.
The book was published by the same house that did The Casual Vacancy, which was Sphere, part of Little, Brown.
Rowling has announced that there will be a roster of books to follow the first.
This is the best literary deception act since Stephen King, the King of fear, was outed as Richard Bachman back in the 1980’s.