If you haven’t heard, JK Rowling, of Harry Potter fame, has been ‘outed’ (see details) as the author of a new book, The Cuckoo’s Calling, a mystery about a private detective’s investigation of a supposed suicide.
Publish in April 2013 under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, Rowling apparently hoped to have the book evaluated on its merits and not because of her fame.
Indeed, those who reviewed it believing it was a first book by Galbraith gave it quite positive reviews. But The Cuckoo’s Calling only sold between 500-1500 copies (exact number is unclear) until last week when The Sunday Times revealed that Rowlings was the author.
The book immediately became an Amazon’s best seller (via its Kindle sales) and is now undergoing new printings. It will be at the top of all the fiction best seller lists shortly, if it has not already there.
My wife Ellen ordered it under my account (“by mistake,” she said), and in my on going efforts to keep MillersTime readers well informed, I read it immediately.