J.K. Rowling, a household name thanks to the Harry Potter franchise, has released a new book under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Troubled Blood is the fifth installment in the Strike series, and the author’s seventh novel since concluding Harry Potter.
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 they learn that even cases decades old can prove to be deadly.
The novel, set for release in the UK and US on September 15th, was featured in its first review in the Telegraph, which argues the work is “weak” in many aspects, with a “sub-plot to make Rowling’s critics fume.” The sub-plot in question is that of a transvestite serial killer, a cisgender man who dresses as a woman to kill. This is being viewed in light of earlier in the summer, when Rowling came under fire for a series of tweets and statements regarding ideas of gender and sex. The reviewer himself, Jack Kerridge, asks what “critics of Rowling’s stance on transgender issues” will make of the book.
The novel, prior to its release, has been heavily criticized on social media, with many disappointed that the author has chosen to once again focus on the topic, and in such a negative light. While it is this online reaction that has brought attention to the book’s release, where it was otherwise relatively unknown, it is hard to imagine the book’s sales will profit from this particular media frenzy.
JK Rowling trending after an early review of her new book by @Telegraph reveals it follows a male “serial killer” who disguises himself as a woman to kill victims.
This follows a long series of tweets from Rowling speaking out against the transgender community. pic.twitter.com/DPMbJSEdPw
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) September 14, 2020
In Harry Potter terms, JK Rowling has become Cornelius Fudge, unwilling to believe she’s been wrong all this time and doubling down on her transphobia. pic.twitter.com/vwQohwMErD
— Washington Post TikTok Guy (@davejorgenson) September 14, 2020
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