The Cuckoo's Calling

by Robert Galbraith

A statement from the publisher

Little, Brown Book Group confirm that Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, as reported in The Sunday Times on 14th July, and that the story was correct in that it was not a leak or part of a marketing campaign.

The book was published by Little, Brown’s Sphere imprint on 18th April, 2013.

A spokesperson for Little, Brown said, “We were very pleased and proud to have published The Cuckoo's Calling, and we're delighted with the great response it has been met with from readers, reviewers and fellow writers. We're looking forward to publishing Strike's next instalment in summer 2014.”

About the book:

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.

Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger . . .

A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London - from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the backstreet pubs of the East End to the bustle of Soho - The Cuckoo's Calling is a remarkable book. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.


The Cuckoo's Calling reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place’
Val McDermid

‘One of the most unique and compelling detectives I've come across in years’
Mark Billingham

‘Every time I put this book down, I looked forward to reading more.  Gabraith writes at a gentle pace, the pages rich with description and with characters that leap out of them.
I loved it.  He is a major new talent.’
Peter James

‘One of the best crime novels I have ever read’
Alex Gray

‘Just once in a while a private detective emerges who captures the public imagination in a flash. And here is one who might well do that… There is no sign that this is Galbraith’s first novel, only that he has a delightful touch for evoking London and capturing a new hero. An auspicious debut’
Daily Mail

‘a scintillating debut novel… Galbraith delivers sparkling dialogue and a convincing portrayal of the emptiness of wealth and glamour’
The Times

‘There’s yet another fictional detective on the scene and I found him utterly compelling. Cormoran Strike is a one-legged ex-soldier now working as Private Investigator…
Luckily for Strike, he’s joined by the wonderfully efficient temp, Robin.  
They’re a team made in heaven and I can’t wait for the next in the series’

‘In a rare feat, Galbraith combines a complex and compelling sleuth and an equally well-formed and unlikely assistant with a baffling crime…
Readers will hope to see a lot more of this memorable sleuthing team’
Publishers Weekly

‘a gripping tale’
Irish Examiner

‘The plot could have come from an Agatha Christie novel and yet The Cuckoo’s Calling is absolutely of today, colourfully written and great fun’

About the author:

J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 74 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films.  J.K. Rowling’s first novel for grown-ups, The Casual Vacancy, sold over half a million copies in the UK across all editions (hardback, ebook, CD and audio download).  It was the fastest-selling book in the last three years and remained in the Sunday Times top ten for 18 weeks.  The Casual Vacancy is published in paperback on 18th July 2013.
As well as an OBE for services to children’s literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France’s Légion d’Honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and she has been a Commencement Speaker at Harvard University USA.  She supports a wide number of charitable causes through her charitable trust Volant, and is the founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.

Notes to editors:

J.K. Rowling will not be available for interview.

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