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What's with the name?

Allow us to explain.

This is just like magic!

J.K. Rowling’s Cuckoo’s Calling Sequel The Silkworm Has a Synopsis


And she’s keeping the pen name, so there.

J.K. Rowling‘s stint moonlighting as newly published crime author Robert Galbraith was uncovered last summer, when her identity was leaked to the press somewhat earlier than she’d intended. Rowling chose to use a pseudonym in order to escape the intense media environment that now accompanies her every move in the publishing world, but admitted that while she was intent on doing everything she could to maintain the illusion of Robert Galbraith, things were going to crack eventually. After all, The Cuckoo’s Calling was doing better than she’d expected: Galbraith had already gotten two offers to turn it into a television show.

Rowling had already finished a sequel when the news broke, and today, publicists have released the title, cover, and synopsis for the second Cormoran Strike novel, The Silkworm. Amusingly enough, it’s about an author who may have been silenced because of an unpublished manuscript:

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before…

The book will be released on June 19th in the UK, and June 24th in the US. You can check out the full cover (cropped above) at Entertainment Weekly.

(via EW.)

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  • Anonymous

    I’m just glad she isn’t publishing with Scholastic anymore – f*ing publishing mafia. Everyone should boycott them. Best of luck to her and her funky pen name.

  • locuas

    Considering she kept using the “K” in her name in each HP book even after being revealed as a woman, i am not surprised(The K doesn’t mean anything, it was there to make the author’s name sound male…or something like that). I guess it is a way of saying “This is not happening in Harry’s world”.
    I would love to read the TV offers from when they tought she was another person.

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  • Saraquill

    Out of curiosity, what boycottable offenses did Scholastic commit?

  • Dumb_Tim_Armstrong

    She is also rumored to be known as Alison Fogle who (she) wrote “Carrier Pigeons” which was a top title in 2013:
    http://www.mankabros.com/publishing/books/index.htm

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Can’t WAIT! The first book was superb. Hey, how am I in italics?

  • Anonymous

    essentially a fine print contract based version of old time
    racketeering – coercing retailers into buying far more than they could
    possibly sell. By some counts more HP books ended up in landfill than on
    shelves. Destroyed the retail side of the business, thousands of small
    retailers and a few major chains were driven out of business, and it did
    massive damage to the publishing side as well.

    Several major authors spoke out about this at the time including Stephen King.

    Not Rowling’s fault at all. Authors have little say in marketing.