London (dpa) - JK Rowling secretly wrote a crime novel under the
male pseudonym Robert Galbraith, the Sunday Times reported.
The Cuckoo's Calling, about a war veteran turned private investigator named Cormoran Strike, was published in April and praised by both critics and crime writers.
The Times said it decided to investigate how a first-time author could write such "an assured debut novel."
"I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience," Rowling was quoted as saying.
"It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name," said the Harry Potter author.
Last year, Rowling left behind the world of wizardry and magic, to turn her attention to the topic of Britain's class-ridden society in The Casual Vacancy.
The book, set in the fictional English country village of Pagford, examines the tensions, rivalries, prejudices and divisions of a rural community triggered by the death of a councillor - Barry Fairbrother.
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