J.K. Rowling outed as writer of acclaimed crime novel
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling secretly posed as a retired military policeman to write a crime novel that has been hailed as one of the best debut detective stories in years.
Rowling wrote "The Cuckoo's Calling" under the name Robert Galbraith and kept up the pretence that it was the work of a married father of two and former undercover investigator.
"I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience," [Rowling] said. "It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name."
I just bet it was. And what I find really interesting is that the novel was well-received, but hardly-read, until the author's real name was leaked. By contrast, her first post-Potter novel in her own name, "The Casual Vacancy" has been much-read and much-panned.
It's hard to know which are the biggest assholes--fans or critics. How they love to knock down idols.