Rowling's secret was scooped by The Sunday Times, which noticed that Galbraith used an agent and publisher that had worked with Rowling.
Who would have guessed? Robert Galbraith was even given an elaborate back story by Mulholland Books. They described him as a former member of the Special Investigative Branch of the Royal Military Police who "left the military in 2003 and has been working since then in the civilian security industry."
Galbraith's "debut" was praised by critics and crime fiction readers alike. It's a classic, almost retro detective story that introduces the offbeat Detective Cormoran B. Strike and his curious sidekick Robin. Our reviewer called Galbraith "a singular new voice." Not new at all, in fact. But how can you blame her, considering the hype surrounding Rowling's first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy?
Rowling lamented the loss of her anonymity and this "liberating experience," saying, "It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback from publishers and readers under a different name."
The Cuckoo's Calling will be reprinted with a revised author biography, but Rowling will continue to write the series under the pseudonym.
Readers, did any of you check out The Cuckoo's Calling? Would you have ever thought it was Rowling?