OPINION: Perhaps most surprising about the news JK Rowling wrote The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith is not that she should take a fake name or that she should write a crime novel – after all there were plenty of nasty goings-on in the Harry Potter books – but that she would have the time to write it given her first official novel for adults, the much anticipated The Casual Vacancy, was published only late last year. The Galbraith book slipped under the radar in this country but received positive reviews in Britain when it was published in April.
A district court judge who lectures on international art crime has found his work in the most unexpected place – the pages of Dan Brown’s latest blockbuster. Hamilton-based Judge Arthur Tompkins, who each New Zealand winter teaches a course on art crime during war in a small town north of Rome, was stunned to find The Da Vinci Code author had lifted a passage of his writing for use in his latest New York Times bestseller, Inferno.
THE BLEEDING HEART by Marilyn French Summit; 377 pages; $12.95 The bestseller is the AK-47 of the women's liberation movement.