Hogwarts has closed its doors, Harry Potter has beaten Lord Valdemourt and Ron and Hermine have finally gotten together and while fans of the smash children’s book series, Harry Potter, have said goodbye to their favorite wizards, J.K. Rowling is not done writing just yet.
Rowling has been writing thrillers, a far cry from the Potter series, under the pseudonym, “Robert Galbraith. Not only is the name a major difference, especially considering Rowling is a female and her pseudonym is male, but the books she writes under the name are thrillers rather than children’s books.
The new book surrounds a writer who has been using an acid-tipped pen that turns out might have been the cause of murder. According to Rowling’s, or should we say, Galbraith’s publisher, Little, Brown, they will be publishing this book as the second of the author’s series. The book entitled, “The Silkworm,” is the second book of the series involving private detective and war veteran, Cormoran Strike and his “determined young assistant,” named Robin Ellacott. This book has been explained as “a compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn.” No wizards but lots of crime, sounds like a good read to us. Furthermore, the book involves the investigation of novelist Owen Quine’s disappearance.
This book is the third book Rowling has written specifically for adults. Her first book as Galbraith entitled, “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” led Rowling into a lawsuit after her partners told a family friend the identity behind Rowling’s pseudonym. However, she received an apology and costs of the reveal all of which were paid to Rowling’s favorite charity, the Soldiers Charity.
Despite the drama The Cuckoo’s Calling went to the top of the bestsellers list. The book received a deluge of reviews from critics who give the “male” author praise for being able to write the novel with sensitivity towards women. The book itself largely focuses on the death of a supermodel, one that has already been written off by police as nothing more than a suicide.
In a rare act, Rowling made a public appearance to promote the book at the Harrogate crime-writing festival.