LONDON: The best-seller Harry Potter novels author J.K. Rowling had already published her first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, on Thursday with her publisher Little, Brown & Co. along with a brief plot synopsis and publication date.
The publisher said the "blackly comic" tale of rivalry and duplicity in a small English town would be available worldwide on Sept. 27.
The new book, aimed at a grown-up audience, will be set in a seemingly idyllic English town called Pagford which is described as far more frightening than its pretty facade would indicate.
It opens with the sudden death of a popular man whose unexpected demise shocks the town. The battle for his seat on the local council sets off "the biggest war the town has yet seen," with rich people fighting poor, parents battling their teenagers, and wives in conflict with their husbands.
The publisher said the 480-page novel will be sold as an e-book and audio download as well as in traditional hardback form. (AP/t01/aph)