The second book in the Cormoran Strike crime series by Robert Galbraith, the pseudonym for J K Rowling, will be called The Silkworm and will tell the tale of a murdered novelist.
The follow-up to The Cuckoo’s Calling (Sphere) a UK release of 19th June, as a £20 hardback and £9.99 e-book; in the US the book will be out on June 24th.
The book’s cover does not contain Rowling’s name, just Galbraith’s, and is described as by “the author of the international Number One bestseller The Cuckoo’s Calling”.
The Silkworm, described as “a compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn”, follows private investigator Cormoran Strike as he is called in to investigate the disappearance of novelist Owen Quine. While Mrs Quine thinks her husband has just gone off by himself for a few days, Strike realises that the writer may be under threat having just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous portraits of almost everyone he knows.
“When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before…," according to the Galbraith website.
Little, Brown said Rowling’s only appearance to publicise the book would be the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate on 18th July in conversation with Val McDermid.
Harry Potter author Rowling was unveiled as the author of The Cuckoo’s Calling in July 2013.
The Cuckoo’s Calling now has sold 152,234 copies through Nielsen BookScan.