In a twist any true crime writer would appreciate, Robert Galbraith was revealed to be a pseudonym for none other than J.K. Rowling, the best-selling author of the Harry Potters books.
Over the weekend, the U.K.'s Sunday Times put the pieces together and revealed Rowling's identity. The news comes as a bit of a shock after Rowling's first post-Harry Potter book, The Casual Vacancy, came out to mediocre, at best, reviews. However, changing her name and completely changing the genre she wrote in, Rowling has found the niche she's been looking for in her post-HP writing career.
The book in question, The Cuckoo's Calling, was said to be a debut crime book by Robert Galbraith. Here's a synopsis of the book:
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.
Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, thelegendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.
You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.
In Galbraith's bio, he said he was a retired Royal Military Policeman and drew heavily on this experience for the character Cormoran Strike. The background story on this Galbraith was as intricate as that of a real person and didn't have much link to Rowling. However, the minds at The Sunday Times figured it out when they realized Galbraith had the same agent, publishing house, and editor as Rowling. While the “debut” book was doing well already with rave reviews, sales soared more than 507,000% after Rowling was revealed as the true author.
Did you get tricked along with the rest of the world? Did you read The Cuckoo's Calling? Will you now that you know the truth?