Well not really her “alias” but her Pseudonym. Other places have been abuzz with this news, but for me I only briefly saw something on the GMA scrolling news at the bottom. So I figured if you’re out of the book news you’ll want the download.
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, er, JK Rowling.
Here’s the book description:
A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide. 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, the legendary 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.
Sounds pretty cool. To be honest though, I probably—no never would have—picked this up without JK Rowling’s name behind it. I have a hard time reading mystery books that I enjoy that don’t involve fantasy, sci/fi, or some kind of cool genre joy. Maybe if all my GR friends loved this title and recommended in time I might.
So I’m not ashamed to admit that I will be eventually reading this one because it’s Rowling.
Though I admit that I feel back for Rowling. Clearly if she wanted people to know that she wrote this book she would have told everyone. In fact, this quote is floating around:
"I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer," JKR said, "because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience. It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name."
Shame to those Oxford professors. For shame.
So what do you think?