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Robert Galbraith is the pseudonym of celebrated fantasy and young adult author, Joanne Rowling, best known as J. K. Rowling.

The British novelist, philanthropist, screenwriter and film producer uses the pen name when writing thriller, crime and suspense novels.

Rowling has so far published the Cormoran Strike Series under the pseudonym, with the majority of her books written under her real name.

She is the creator of the Harry Potter Series which is the best-selling book series in history with over 500 million copies sold across the globe in 80 different languages.

J. K. Rowling became the first author in the world to become a billionaire, although she has since lost the billionaire status having donated much of her wealth to charity.

She currently lives in Edinburgh with her husband, Dr Neil Murray, and their two children; David (born 2003) and Mackenzie (born 2005).

More about Robert Galbraith

Genres: Crime Suspense, Suspense, Thriller

Born: 1965

United Kingdom

Pseudonym: Robert Galbraith

Website: https://robert-galbraith.com/

Website: https://www.jkrowling.com

Cormoran Strike

  1. The Cuckoo's Calling (2013)
  2. The Silkworm (2014)
  3. Career of Evil (2015)
  4. Lethal White (2018)
  5. Troubled Blood (2020)

Detailed book overview

Cormoran Strike

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, creditors are calling, and after a breakup with his longtime girlfriend, he's living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with a shocking 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.

Fast-paced and sharply drawn, this dazzling detective novel inspired Strike, the BBC crime drama series that has captivated millions of viewers worldwide.

Author: Robert Galbraith
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0316206853
Publisher: Mulholland Books
The Silkworm

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband 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, he discovers that Quine's disappearance is no coincidence. 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 -- meaning that almost everyone in his life would have motives to silence him. 

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, Strike must race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before...

Author: Robert Galbraith
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0316206891
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Career of Evil

When Robin Ellacott opens an unexpected delivery, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but just as alarmed.

He suspects that four people from his past could be responsible -- and any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality. 

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike has essentially ruled out, he and Robin take matters into their own hands and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men.

But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them...

Author: Robert Galbraith
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0316349895
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Lethal White

When a troubled young man named Billy asks Cormoran Strike to help him investigate a crime he witnessed as a child, the private eye is left deeply troubled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.

Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott -- once his assistant, now a partner in the agency -- set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike's own life is far from straightforward. His newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been; Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much trickier than that.

Author: Robert Galbraith
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0316422772
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Troubled Blood

Private Detective Cormoran Strike is visiting his family in Cornwall when he is approached by a woman asking for help finding her mother, Margot Bamborough—who went missing in mysterious circumstances in 1974.

Strike has never tackled a cold case before, let alone one forty years old. But despite the slim chance of success, he is intrigued and takes it on; adding to the long list of cases that he and his partner in the agency, Robin Ellacott, are currently working on. And Robin herself is also juggling a messy divorce and unwanted male attention, as well as battling her own feelings about Strike.

As Strike and Robin investigate Margot’s disappearance, they come up against a fiendishly complex case with leads that include tarot cards, a psychopathic serial killer and witnesses who cannot all be trusted. And they learn that even cases decades old can prove to be deadly...

Author: Robert Galbraith
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0316498951
Publisher: Mulholland Books