The Books

The Strike series is a collection of private detective murder mystery novels featuring the characters Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott written by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

The novels are published by Little, Brown (Sphere) in the UK and Mulholland Books in the US. The first novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, was published on 4 April 2013 without anyone knowing the author’s true identity. The novel received positive reviews from well-known crime authors such as Val McDermid and Mark Billingham. The world discovered the author’s true identity in July 2013. The second novel, The Silkworm, was published on 19 June 2014; the third book, Career of Evil, on 22 October 2015; the fourth book, Lethal White, on 18 September 2018; the fifth book, Troubled Blood, on 15 September 2020; the sixth novel, The Ink Black Heart, on 30 August 2022; and the seventh novel, The Running Grave, on 26 September 2023.

Click on the titles below to find out more about each book.

The Cuckoo’s Calling 
The Silkworm 
Career of Evil
Lethal White
Troubled Blood
The Ink Black Heart
The Running Grave
The Hallmarked Man (yet to be published)
Untitled Book 9

J.K. Rowling said in an interview with Val McDermid at the Theakston’s Crime Festival in 2014  that there will be more Cormoran Strike books than Harry Potter books, which meant that there will be at least eight books in the series. In another interview, she added that she could ‘easily write ten’. In October 2022, Rowling said she had plotted the novels up to book 9 and thought that there will be ten books in total.  This number was confirmed in April 2023 in this press release about the publication of The Running Grave and the special ten year anniversary edition of The Cuckoo’s Calling.

You can purchase the books on Amazon (US) here and Amazon (UK) here. The audiobooks are narrated by Robert Glenister, an award-winning actor and voice talent.


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