‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling assumed male identity to secretly release a detective novel


The Harry Potter series made J. K. Rowling one of the most famous authors on the planet, and as such she’s stayed a bit under the radar since wrapping up the series in the summer of 2007. She’s only published one non-Harry Potter book since, last year’s The Casual Vacancy — or at least that’s how it seemed. However, according to The Sunday Times, Rowling is the scribe behind a mystery novel called The Cuckoo’s Calling, a book that was released in April to positive reviews but minimal sales. The book, which Rowling released under the pen name of Robert Galbraith, apparently only sold 1,500 copies in hardback since its release — but now it’s already the top-selling book on Amazon in the US and the UK.

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