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The Empty Glass

A Novel

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In the early-morning hours of August 5, 1962, Los Angeles County deputy coroner Ben Fitzgerald arrives at the home of the world's most famous movie star, now lying dead in her bedroom, naked and still clutching a telephone.  There he discovers The Book of Secrets - Marilyn Monroe's diary - revealing a doomed love affair with a man she refers to only as "The General."  In the following days, Ben unravels a wide-ranging cover-up and some heartbreaking truths about the fragile, luminous woman behind the celebrity.  Soon the sinister and surreal accounts in The Book of Secrets bleed into Ben's own life, and he finds himself, like Monroe, trapped in a deepening paranoid conspiracy.  The Empty Glass is an unforgettable combination of the riveting facts and legendary theories that have dogged Monroe, the Kennedy's, the Mafia, and even the CIA for decades.  It is an exciting debut from a remarkable new thriller writer.

From Publishers Weekly

May 07, 2012 – James Ellroy fans will relish Baker s impressive first novel, a dark paranoid thriller. On August 5, 1962, Ben Fitzgerald, an L.A. deputy coroner specializing in suicides, answers a summons to go to the modest Brentwood home of Marilyn Monroe. His colleagues and her friends are keen to classify the movie star s death as a suicide, but Fitzgerald has his doubts, which only intensify after he stumbles across Monroe s diary, loaded with cryptic references to the General and Cuba. The possible suspects in a potential murder case won t surprise those versed in the rampant speculation surrounding Monroe s death, but barbed prose makes a familiar story fresh, as does the effective use of flashbacks and flash-forwards, starting with Fitzgerald s account of his shooting of a police captain who tried to get him to swallow a fatal dose of pills. Fluent in the noir idiom, Baker, Cond Nast Traveler s executive editor, maintains the depressing atmospherics throughout.

Customer Reviews


Loved it , i was hooked !


Not what I thought. Could have been better- maybe as a novella.

The Empty Glass

I did not enjoy this book at all. I am a huge fan of Marilyn Monroe and all of the conspiracy theories. This was a poorly written book, and hard to distinguish who was speaking in the book. Confusing! I feel like I wasted my money.

The Empty Glass
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Jul 19, 2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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