13 Nov '13, 10pm

How do we judge books written under pseudonyms? Simple, says @RonHogan - by the perceived quality of their prose.

How do we judge books written under pseudonyms? Simple, says @RonHogan - by the perceived quality of their prose.

How Do We Judge Books Written Under Pseudonyms? I have a confession to make: I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of The Cuckoo’s Calling , when it was still simply a debut novel by Robert Galbraith, and I chose not to. Although I have done some writing about mysteries and thrillers, they aren’t my primary area of focus, so I tend to be very selective about the ones I do read. And nothing about the catalog description of The Cuckoo’s Calling persuaded me this was a book I had to pick up. It sounded, by that account, rather generic: A down-on-his-luck private investigator lands a case that places him among the rich and powerful like a bull in a china shop and so forth. I read more books per year than the average person, and I still didn’t have time, or feel like making time, for one of those stories. I had almost completely forgotten about the novel when news repor...

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