J.K. Rowling is releasing a sequel to her second post-Harry Potter adult novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, called The Silkworm.

The Cuckoo’s Calling was released in 2013 and was published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. This next book will also be released with the pseudeonym, but the secret is out. When The Cuckoo’s Calling was released in April, readers had no idea that the real author of the book was the beloved Harry Potter scribe.

Rowling said she loved the freedom of anonymity and it seems she might be hoping that there are people in the world who won’t know that ‘Robert Galbraith’ is really J.K. Rowling.

“It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name,” Rowling said in a statement announcing her authorship.


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The Silkworm will continue Rowling’s foray into crime novels and will be released June 19 in the UK and June 24 in the US.

“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,” reads the official plot description.

Rowling hinted at a possible Cuckoo’s Calling sequel when she was revealed as the author in July 2013, saying, “Robert fully intends to keep writing the series, although he will probably continue to turn down personal appearances.”

While Rowling has been identified as the author of The Cuckoo’s Calling and the anticipated sequel, The Silkworm, she has not yet announced whether she intends to go on a press tour for the sequel.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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