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He unknowingly gave J.K. Rowling a plug

Author Mike Cooper

Author Mike Cooper

When Brookline author Mike Cooper got an e-mail from a former editor asking him to blurb a debut crime fiction novel by one Robert Galbraith, Cooper gave “The Cuckoo’s Calling” a read, zipped off something usable — “a riveting read from an author to watch” — and promptly forgot about it. Until about six months later, when the tweets ribbing him about blurbing J.K. Rowling began. Cooper, behind on the news that Galbraith was, in fact, Harry Potter’s creator, was initially confused; then “as surprised as anyone.” Finally, a third emotion: “I was grateful that I didn’t embarrass myself — not that they would have published a negative blurb anyway,” he said. As for Rowling’s desire to write under a pseudonym, that’s something Cooper understands. His own real last name isn’t Cooper, it’s Wiecek. He says he has no idea whether his blurb of the suddenly famous Galbraith will boost sales of his own (yes, Cooper’s) books, “Clawback,” and its recent sequel, “Full Ratchet,” or inspire Rowling to blurb him. “But I do have a good story to tell at cocktail parties,” he said.

Due to a reporting error, an earlier version had the incorrect title for “The Cuckoo’s Calling.”

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