JK Rowling Uses Fake Name to Write Crime Novel
Well-received book by 'Robert Galbraith' is really by 'Harry Potter' author
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2013 6:53 AM CDT
Author J.K. Rowling, aka Robert Galbraith.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

(Newser) – Fans of Harry Potter author JK Rowling who can't get enough might want to check out a new detective novel by Robert Galbraith. It turns out that Rowling and Galbraith are one and the same, reports the Telegraph. The 450-page crime novel called The Cuckoo's Calling came out in April to "rave reviews," reports the Independent, but the secret about who really wrote it unraveled fairly quickly. It didn't help that "Galbraith" and Rowling share the same editor and publisher.

“I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience," Rowling tells the Sunday Times. "It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.” One of the reviews getting widely cited in the wake of the revelation is from Publishers Weekly, which declared that "Galbraith combines a complex and compelling sleuth and an equally well-formed and unlikely assistant with a baffling crime in his stellar debut." Click for more.

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Jul 15, 2013 7:53 AM CDT
Pseudonym is the appropriate term. "Fake name" makes her sound like a criminal committing fraud. Poor choice of words.
Jul 14, 2013 1:53 PM CDT
I wonder what happened to the agent who once declared to her that, "The Harry Potter thing wil never work, since children's books just aren't hot any more."
Jul 14, 2013 10:41 AM CDT
I would think that the successful reviews of her book penned under a different name is sort of a validation of her talent for Ms Rowling. The Harry Potter books were a smash hit from the very first one, and I'll bet that Rowling wondered if the success of the later books was due to the quality of the writing, or if they succeeded just because they were Harry Potter books. Now she knows. She's a hell of a good writer.