J. K. Rowling pens second crime novel under pseudonym

PTI| Updated: Feb 18, 2014, 13:49 PM IST

London: JK Rowling, celebrated British author of the popular Harry Potter series, has penned her second crime novel under a pseudonym to be published in June.

The Silkworm, to be published on June 19, will again feature Cormoran Strike, the private detective Rowling introduced in 2013`s `The Cuckoo`s Calling`.

The author`s pseudonym Robert Galbraith was unmasked last year after the information was leaked by a member of her legal team.
Rowling, 48, has penned a new story about her private detective Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott.

This time, the crime-solving duo will be on the trail of a killer who murders a writer called Owen Quine, The Independent reported.
"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," a synopsis from publishers Little, Brown Book Group reads.
"But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine`s disappearance than his wife realises," it says.

Quine has just finished work on a manuscript that sees him draw on "almost everyone" for poisonous character assassinations that could ruin lives.

"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 teaser states.

Rowling was unmasked on Twitter as the author of thriller The Cuckoo`s Calling.

She had hidden behind a fake name to avoid readers forming preconceptions based on her Harry Potter success.
"I was yearning to go back to the beginning of a writing career in this new genre to work without hype or expectation to receive totally unvarnished feedback," Rowling wrote on her Robert Galbraith website.
"It was a fantastic experience and I only wish it could have gone on a little longer."

Rowling successfully took legal action against the solicitors who had leaked the information and donated both the damages and the novel`s royalties to the Soldier`s Charity.

A partner at the solicitors told his wife`s best friend about Robert Galbraith`s real identity, who in turn disclosed it to The Sunday Times.