Harry Potter Author JK Rowling has received a backlash for her latest Strike novel which features a cisgender man who wears dresses and kills women, according to an early write-up.
Her latest novel Troubled Blood, written under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is the latest installment in her Cormoran Strike detective series.
A review of the novel in The Telegraph by Jake Kerridge has gone viral as it describes the plot and themes of the controversial book.
It reads: “The meat of the book is the investigation into a cold case: the disappearance of GP Margot Bamborough in 1974, thought to have been a victim of Dennis Creed, a transvestite serial killer. One wonders what critics of Rowling’s stance on trans issues will make of a book whose moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress.”
Following JK Rowling’s previous attacks on transgender issues, this latest development has caused a backlash on social media.
Writer Heather Horgan tweeted: “There are so many pathetic things about JK Rowling’s new “cis man in a dress commits crimes” detective novel, but one of the main ones has to be that this writer who considers herself a master of mystery really just recycled the plot of Ace Ventura.”
Metro columnist Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir tweeted: “A serial killer in J. K.’s new book is trans. For someone who has said she ‘loves’ and ‘supports’ trans people, perhaps she should support them by avoiding deeply harmful tropes about our community. But she doesn’t care – this is deliberate. It’s gross. She has not spent months demonizing and speaking out against trans people – and now publishes a book with a trans person as a violent serial killer. And yet she is surprised at the criticism she receives. Are we living on the same planet?”
BeLeave whistleblower Shahmir Sanni wrote on Twitter: “This is such an astounding example of how whiteness & capitalism work hand in hand to oppress & marginalize all for the sake of personal gain. I feel sick.”
JK Rowling sparked controversy when she objected to the term “people who menstruate?” in June.
JK tweeted in response: “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
She continued: “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased.
“I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”
Her subsequent essay on transgender issues sparked a further backlash.