People were shocked when it was revealed that J.K. Rowling had written a book, The Cuckoo’s Calling, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. This information was released July of 2013, in The Sunday Times. She had hoped to keep her pseudonym private, and took legal action against those who leaked the information. She then donated the money she received to the Soldier’s Charity.
Her new book, The Silkworm, will be released on June 19 in the UK (June 24 in the United States) by publishers Little, Brown, The Telegraph reported. The book will be a follow-up to The Cuckoo’s Calling. The book will be about Private Investigator Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott investigating the death of Owen Quine.
“As Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes,” a Little, Brown synopsis of the book reads. “The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows…when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer.”
Rowling did release an adult fiction novel The Casual Vacancy, under her full name in 2012. While The Cuckoo’s Calling was well received before her identity was released, it immediately went up to No. 1 on the best-seller list after her authorship was revealed.
“I was yearning to go back to the beginning of a writing career in this new genre to work without hype or expectation to receive totally unvarnished feedback,” Rowling writes on the Robert Galbraith website. “It was a fantastic experience and I only wish it could have gone on a little longer.”