Though the identity behind Robert Galbraith is no longer a mystery, best-selling author J.K. Rowlingdecided to keep the pseudonym and use it in her follow-up to last summer’s hit, The Cuckoo’s Calling.
According to publisher, Hachette Book Group, The Silkworm will find detective Cormoran Strike looking into the death of a novelist:
Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestseller The Cuckoo’s Calling.
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…
A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.
Leaky News broke the story late on February 16th. Since then, Robert Galbraith’s website has been updated, and it was announced that Rowling will be taking part in the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate on July 18th. In the meantime, readers will have to find other things to read until The Silkworm is released on June 24th.