Now this is fascinating! Good ol' JK has been unmasked as the author of a mystery novel that was released in April!
According to the Telegraph, JK Rowling used the pseudonym Robert Galbraith to write what sounds like an outstanding mystery novel called The Cuckoo's Calling. The novel is about the untimely death of a famous model and a detective who has to shift through the bright young things of London to find out what happened.
The book is billed as a “classic crime novel”, written in the style of P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, according to the Sunday Times
Its plot centres of the death of a troubled model who falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony. Her brother calls in Cormoran Strike, a damaged war veteran turned private investigate, to her death.
It's been out since late April but it's only now that someone put the pieces together and discovered it was written by Harry Potter scribe herself, JK Rowling! I'm sure it's Amazon rank is going to skyrocket. Right now it's just #98,424 in Amazon rank.
As to why JK decided to use a pen name?
When approached this weekend, Miss Rowling said: “I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer 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.”
I can totally understand that. The hype surrounding her first non-Harry Potter book was INSANE. I think people got their hopes up and were disappointed when it wasn't another adventure in Hogwarts. I can see how this would take the pressure off of her. The book seems to be very well received and garnered very positive reviews even before it was revealed who the real author is.
This Slytherin salutes you, JK!