|J. K. Rowling writes another crime tale
Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling will publish her second crime novel in June, it was revealed, under the pen name of Robert Galbraith.
“The Silkworm,’’ to be published on June 19, will be a follow-up to “The Cuckoo's Calling,’’ which Rowling wrote using the Galbraith pseudonym.
“Robert Galbraith's second Cormoran Strike Novel THE SILKWORM to be published 19/06/14,'' the author's alter ego said in only a third-ever tweet, with a link to Galbraith's website.
The new novel follows private detective Cormoran Strike in another adventure with his assistant Robin Ellacott, AFP reports.
This time they try to unravel the death of writer Owen Quine after first being called in to investigate his disappearance.
The investigators uncover a manuscript in which many of Quine's associates are portrayed unflatteringly – which would have ruined their lives if published and could prove to be a motive for a killer.
The first book, which saw Strike investigate a model's suicide, was published in April 2013, to critical acclaim.
Sales were low, but when Rowling was revealed as the author by a newspaper in July, they increased by 41,000 percent in a week.
Rowling, 48, said she wrote under a pseudonym because, as one of the world's most famous authors, she had been yearning to “work without hype or expectation and to receive totally unvarnished feedback.’’
Rowling has a personal fortune worth US$935 million according to The Sunday Times newspaper's Rich List 2013.