J.K. Rowling to publish second novel under Robert Galbraith pseudonym

By Ian Walker,

After shocking the literary world last year by releasing a new novel under a pseudonym, J. K. Rowling is set to do it again this year, admittedly without the shroud of anonymity.

The Guardian reports that Rowling will release her new novel The Silkworm again under the Robert Galbraith name. It will be Rowling’s third overall novel aimed for adult audiences.

A sequel to last year’s The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm will again follow private investigator Cormoran Strike, as he attempts to solve the case of a murdered novelist with the help of his assistant Robin Ellacot.

The news of Rowling’s pen name broke after Calling had been released for a couple of months, and promptly shot to the top of the bestsellers chart upon the revelation.

Writing on her Robert Galbraith website, Rowling states that she has always been a big fan of detective stories and "most of the Harry Potters are whodunits at heart, but I wanted to try the real thing for a long time."

She noted on the site the reason for the pen name was that she "yearned" to return to the start of her career where there weren't expectations laid upon each and every book she wrote.

The Silkworm, published by Little, Brown, will be released June 19 in the U.K. and June 24 in the U.S.

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