Turns out, the person behind Cuckoo’s Calling is not the debut of some former military official, as “his” bio suggested, but Britain’s favorite modern-day author, J.K. Rowling.
The mother of Harry Potter, Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore and so many other iconic wizards and witches confessed the truth after London’s Sunday Times received an anonymous tip about her pseudonym.
From The New York Times:
“I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer, because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience,” she said in a statement. “It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”
Nicky Stonehill, a publicist for the author, said on Sunday that Mr. Galbraith and Ms. Rowling were indeed one and the same. “We can confirm it,” she said, “but we are not making any further statement.”
The Cuckoo’s Calling, about a down-and-out private investigator who suddenly finds himself amid a scandal involving the rich and famous acquaintances of a dead supermodel, is Rowling’s ninth book. Other works (besides HP) include 2012’s the Casual Vacancy, which is currently being developed into a series for BBC.