Publishers have released the cover art for J.K. Rowling's new, non-Harry Potter novel, The Casual Vacancy, which hits shelves September 27.
The novel is Rowling's first aimed for an adult audience, and its cover shows only a marked ballot.
Vacancy centers around the unexpected death of a resident in the fictional English town of Pagford, which seems idyllic but is fraught with social tensions. The dead resident had held a seat on the parish council -- hence the ballot -- and his death kicks off "an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations," according to publisher Little, Brown.
The novel is 512 pages -- no Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but plenty to keep Rowling fans burning the midnight oil.