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February 24, 2012

JK Rowling’s new book: clues suggest a turn to crime fiction

Filed under: Authors — Tags: , , , , , — Bookblurb @ 6:08 pm

JK Rowling ... getting involved in crime? Photograph: Joshua Lott/Reuters

There’s no official word on what her new book will be about, but all the evidence points to a crime story.

By Alison Flood

Suspicions that JK Rowling was working on a crime novel have been around for years, though nobody could ever make it stick. Some suggested she could be writing a political fairytale for children or an encyclopaedia of the Potter universe. But yesterday’s (detail-free) announcement about her new book for adults gives a vital clue that she’s been writing a crime novel. It has the fingerprints all over it of the hugely respected editor David Shelley, a man who counts Dennis Lehane, Val McDermid, Carl Hiaasen and Mark Billingham amongst his authors and who comes from a background steeped in crime and thriller writing. And now he’s going to be editing Rowling’s new book.

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