How Rowling's Secret Came Undone
Partner at law firm let it slip to his wife's friend
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2013 5:07 PM CDT
JK Rowling in 2012.   (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – If you thought the unmasking of JK Rowling as mystery writer "Robert Galbraith" was part of some carefully crafted marketing scheme, think again. The truth is much more simple, reports the Independent. It seems that one of the partners at the British law firm Russells gossiped to his wife's best friend, and she then tweeted the secret. Russells has apologized publicly and profusely to its billionaire client, explaining that partner Chris Gossage had trusted the secret-spiller "implicitly."

Rowling doesn't sound very forgiving, however, notes AP. "To say that I am disappointed is an understatement," she said in a statement. "I had assumed that I could expect total confidentiality from Russells, a reputable professional firm, and I feel very angry that my trust turned out to be misplaced." On the other hand, The Cuckoo's Calling became an instant best-seller because of the revelation.

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Jul 19, 2013 9:25 AM CDT
This is all so much baloney. The rumors were already flying when that book hit the shelves. As if some unknown fictional writer comes out with a hardback book. First time unknown fictional detective stories come out in paperback. This whole thing is a fabrication. Now she's trying to act so surprised and betrayed. Bo Hoo to her and all the multi millions she's made on Harry Potter. We really feel your pain.
Jul 19, 2013 8:38 AM CDT
She trusted her lawyer. That was the mistake.
Jul 19, 2013 8:24 AM CDT
Sounds like she was trying to see how good her writing really was, without the benefit of her name attached. I can understand the draw, she got famous for writing children's novels and now wants to try her hand at an adult book but probably can't get an unbiased read out of anyone. Has anyone read it? Is it any good?