By now, most readers who don't live under rocks know that one of the world's most famous writers, J.K. Rowling, was unmasked as the author of a little-known novel called The Cuckoo's Calling. Over the weekend, London's Sunday Times broke the story that the book did not, in fact, come from a male security expert using the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. A suburban mother of two helped reveal that The Cuckoo's Calling wasn't written by a man at all — the person behind the book was none other than the creator of the Harry Potter series.
The Cuckoo's Calling introduces us to Cormoran Strike, a down-on-his-luck private detective who, fresh off a breakup, is now living in his office and fretting about how to pay his temporary secretary, Robin Ellacott. Professional salvation arrives in the form of John Bristow, a wealthy aristocrat trying to figure out if his adopted sister, supermodel Lula Landry, was the victim of a homicide, not suicide as the London police contend. The book has all the hallmarks of a J.K. Rowling, even last year's critically underwhelming The Casual Vacancy: rich description, an extensive network of characters, and a relatable, empathetic hero. For Potter fans who can get their hands on — or just download — a copy, you won't be disappointed.
The story changed for The Cuckoo's Calling swiftly once J.K. was outed as its writer. It immediately shot to the top of the download charts on Amazon in the US and the UK. Then, intriguingly, the mystery of how The Sunday Times uncovered the book's origins deepened. From the tweet that started it all, the complexity of the story behind the revelation is a bit of a thriller itself.
Here, we're tracing the story from the beginning — read more.