LONDON – Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will publish her second crime novel in June, it was revealed Monday, under the pen name of Robert Galbraith.
“The Silkworm,” to be published June 19, will be a follow-up to “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” which Rowling wrote using the Galbraith pseudonym.
The new novel follows private detective Cormoran Strike in another adventure with his assistant, Robin Ellacott. This time they try to unravel the death of writer Owen Quine.
They uncover a manuscript in which many of Quine’s associates are portrayed unflatteringly, which would have ruined their lives if published and could prove to be a motive for a killer.
The first book, which saw Strike investigate a model’s suicide, was published to critical acclaim in April 2013. Two television companies had expressed an interest in adapting the novel.
Sales were low, but when Rowling was outed by a newspaper in July, they rose an astonishing 41,000 percent in a week.
The lawyer who blew Rowling’s cover was fined £1,000 ($1,670) for breaching the privacy rules of his profession.
Rowling’s first novel for adults, “The Casual Vacancy,” was published in 2012 to mixed reviews.