This real-life mystery is playing out like a well-written manuscript.
Over the weekend, Harry Potter mastermind J.K. Rowling was revealed as the true author behind The Cuckoo's Calling, a critically-acclaimed novel written by a Robert Galbraith.
The source behind the leak remained unknown until Thursday when Rowling's law firm, Russells, admitted that one of its partners had divulged that information. The firm released a statement over the inadvertent flap: “On becoming aware of the circumstances, we immediately notified J. K. Rowling’s agent. We can confirm that this leak was not part of any marketing plan and that neither J. K. Rowling, her agent nor publishers were in any way involved.”
The Sunday Times of London first revealed the true authorship of Cuckoo's Calling, saying it had received the tip-off via Twitter. The New York Times followed up and reported on how attorney Chris Gossage told his wife's bestie that Rowling was actually the figure behind Cuckoo's Calling. That friend then shared this information with The Sunday Times of London. The firm in its statement added, “Whilst accepting his own culpability, the disclosure was made in confidence to someone he trusted implicitly."