The Empty Glass

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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 ...

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Overview

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 Kennedys, the Mafia, and even the CIA for decades. It is an exciting debut from a remarkable new thriller writer.

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"James Ellroy fans will relish Baker's impressive first novel, a dark paranoid thriller . . . barbed prose makes a familiar story fresh. Fluent in the noir idiom, Baker maintains the depressing atmospherics throughout." —-Publishers Weekly Starred Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452639888
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/17/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

J. I. Baker is the executive editor of Conde Nast Traveler and the author of the novel The Empty Glass.

Kirby Heyborne, an accomplished actor, musician, and comedian, has received a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards and has narrated such titles as Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Black Swan Green by David Mitchell, and The Genius by Jesse Kellerman.

Arielle DeLisle has been a voice actor and commercial producer for over a decade. Her titles span many genres, including science fiction, romance, and thriller, including Michael Wallace's Righteous series.

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  • Posted September 1, 2012

    Great take on what really could have happened to Marilyn in her

    Great take on what really could have happened to Marilyn in her last days and what happened to the people investing her death.Kept me till the end and then kept me thinking,......Could it really have happened that way??

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2013

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    this book was exceptionally written.  i loved Ben's voice and hi

    this book was exceptionally written.  i loved Ben's voice and his curious nature and enjoyed discovering the secrets of Marilyn Monroe alongside him.  the writing in this book was beautiful and the idea of the story being written as Ben told it to "Doc" was creative and different.  the ending was sort of confusing and at times i tripped over characters and wished that Baker supplied me with more information, which i why i'm only giving this novel four stars.  one day in the future hopefully i will re-read this book so i can say that i give it five stars, but for now it is only four because of a couple of confusing parts... overall, i loved this book and was haunted and captivated by Ben's thrilling ride.  

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  • Posted April 3, 2013

    Writing is very poor and at most times disjointed.  Did not enjo

    Writing is very poor and at most times disjointed.  Did not enjoy the book whatsoever.  If it had not been chosen for our book club, I would not have bothered finishing it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    You Haunt me MM

    Page turner though confusing at times. Have researched MM for 50yrs. This books uses known documentation to weave a plausible story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    Waste of time

    Writing was sketchy. The story did not flow well. Nothing new about the details of Ms. Monroe's early tragic death.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Well written, imaginative, entertaining and thrilling. I read it in one day.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Would not recommend-did not enjoy

    It was a very strange book. Hard to follow and very depressing.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Disappointed

    This read like a 1940's P.I. movie. It takes the story of Marilyn's death scene and imagines things that never happened. The protagonist is , of course, smarter than everyone else in the world. I felt like I really wasted my money on this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Great book

    This was a great book it was interesting and well written I could not stop reading it I even brought my nook to work with me so I could keep reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Loved the book

    The story kept me interested and in suspense i loved the writing and could not put it down umtil the end highly recommended

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2012

    This book was hard to get into. It was written as if the person

    This book was hard to get into. It was written as if the person was
    talking to someone, then it switched to "live action" and kept
    going back and forth, so was confusing at times. It did have a good plot overall.

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

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    I couldn't put this book down. Excellently paced, very intriguin

    I couldn't put this book down. Excellently paced, very intriguing,
    suspenseful, and well-written. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Confused

    This book does alot of jumping around not as good as I though it was going to be disappointed ....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    I misunderstood

    I see what the writer was trying to convey! Sad Marilyn only some understood her

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