J.K. Rowling is mystery writer Robert Galbraith

The "Harry Potter" author wrote detective novel "The Cuckoo's Calling" under the male pseudonym

By Prachi Gupta

Published July 14, 2013 5:54PM (EDT)

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"Harry Potter" and "The Casual Vacancy" author J.K. Rowling has been revealed to be the author of "The Cuckoo's Calling," a mystery novel published in April under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, reports the Sunday Times of London.

“I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience. It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name," she said.

After the news broke, Galbraith's book has moved from rank 4,709 on Amazon's bestsellers list to No. 3, reports the New Statesman.

Galbraith's fictional biography, from publisher Little, Brown:

Born in 1968, Robert Galbraith is married with two sons. After several years with the Royal Military Police, he was attached to the SIB (Special Investigation Branch), the plain-clothes branch of the RMP. He left the military in 2003 and has been working since then in the civilian security industry. The idea for protagonist Cormoran Strike grew directly out of his own experiences and those of his military friends who have returned to the civilian world. 'Robert Galbraith' is a pseudonym.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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