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"Harry Potter" Author Publishes New Novel Under False Name

Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Some critics thought that author Robert Galbraith’s debut book, The Cuckoo’s Calling, was too good to have been written by a first time author. And they were right.

It turns out that The Cuckoo’s Calling was actually written by JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series. Rowling wrote the mystery novel secretly, using Robert Galbraith as a pseudonym.

The book was released in April to rave reviews from British critics, but London's Sunday Times started to investigate Robert Galbraith to find out how a first time author could have penned such a well written novel. They were able to reveal the book’s true authorship.

Rowling said she had hoped to keep the truth a secret a little while longer, as being Robert Galbraith had been such a "liberating experience" for her. She said she enjoyed getting feedback to her writing without all the hype and expectations that come with her famous name.

The truth has certainly helped sales, however. Sales of The Cuckoo’s Calling on increased 150,000 percent after Rowling was identified as the author.

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