Cormoran Strike

In April 2013, J.K. Rowling published a novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, centered around London private detective Cormoran Strike, under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith. Here you can learn all the details and latest news and updates about the Cormoran Strike series.

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The cover for the novel

The cover for the novel


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.

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he 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 realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives – so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before…


Release Date: June 19, 2014 (UK), June 24 (US)

Publisher: Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group

Page Count: approximately 384 pages

UK Cover of The Cuckoo's Calling

UK Cover of The Cuckoo’s Calling



After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.


Release Date: April 30, 2013

Publisher: Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group

Audiobook Reader: Robert Glenister, a known British actor of television.

Page Count: approximately 464 pages


Harry Potter and The Casual Vacancy author J.K. Rowling writes the Cormoran Strike novels under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The author has created a biography for him:

The novel is published with the following author biography:

After several years with the Royal Military Police, Robert Galbraith was attached to the SIB (Special Investigative Branch), the plain-clothes branch of the RMP. He left the military in 2003 and has been working since then in the civilian security industry. The idea for Cormoran Strike grew directly out of his own experiences and those of his military friends who returned to the civilian world. ‘Robert Galbraith’ is a pseudonym.

NOTE: With all further editions of The Cuckoo’s Calling, J.K. Rowling is noted as the real author. The biography ends: ‘Robert Galbraith’ is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling.

Statement from J.K. Rowling after she was revealed as the author of The Cuckoo’s Calling:

“I hoped to keep this secret a little longer, because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience! It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback from publishers and readers under a different name. The upside of being rumbled is that I can publicly thank my editor David Shelley, who has been a true partner in crime, all those people at Little, Brown who have been working so hard on The Cuckoo’s Calling without realising that I wrote it, and the writers and reviewers, both in the newspapers and online, who have been so generous to the novel.  And to those who have asked for a sequel, Robert fully intends to keep writing the series, although he will probably continue to turn down personal appearances.”  

Noteworthy Facts:

  • The Cuckoo’s Calling was turned down by at least one publisher, Orion Books, confirms editor Kate Mills. She tweeted this after realizing her decision.
  • Ian Rankin, friend of J.K. Rowling and fellow crime writer, announced that Jo (J.K. Rowling) was writing a detective story in 2012 whenever people were still making predictions for The Casual Vacancy. People didn’t believe him thereafter, but maybe we should have… He had a few interesting tweets following the announcement that Jo was the real author. Click to read them: tweet 1, tweet 2tweet 3.
  • The book, up until mid-July (before the leak), had sold 1,500 copies, rather well for a debut novelist in a recently lacking genre and the current publishing world.
  • Prior to the leak, the book was ranked in the low thousands on Amazon’s Bestseller list, at about 5,000. After the leak, the book immediately rose to the top, a staggering 500,000% increase (approximately).

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