The Empty Glass

The Empty Glass

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by J. I. Baker, Kirby Heyborne, Arielle DeLisle
     
 

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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

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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452659886
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
09/17/2012
Edition description:
MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 7.45(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"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

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 is an accomplished actor, musician, and comedian who has received a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narrations. He has had starring roles in over a dozen features and many short films. Kirby is also a cofounder and director of the Los Angeles-based improv comedy group The Society.

Arielle DeLisle is a narrator, voice actor, and commercial producer based in Phoenix, Arizona. She has recorded more than sixty audiobooks, including dystopian young adult titles and Michael Wallace's Righteous series. She lives with her two young, dinosaur-loving kids and several mischievous cats.

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The Empty Glass 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
CCOlive4 More than 1 year ago
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??
mikeval More than 1 year ago
Well written, imaginative, entertaining and thrilling. I read it in one day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter introduced me to this book shortly after it was published... The original nook we had it on was sadly stolen from us... so yes I have purchased this book twice... and I will eventually locate it in actual book form for my collection my family calls my library...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept your heart racing until the end
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cupcakes4eva More than 1 year ago
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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VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
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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Page turner though confusing at times. Have researched MM for 50yrs. This books uses known documentation to weave a plausible story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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teach92 More than 1 year ago
It was a very strange book. Hard to follow and very depressing.
CTinAZ More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
MaritaNE More than 1 year ago
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.
AntomyOfaSoul More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. Excellently paced, very intriguing, suspenseful, and well-written. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book does alot of jumping around not as good as I though it was going to be disappointed ....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I see what the writer was trying to convey! Sad Marilyn only some understood her
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story kept me interested and in suspense i loved the writing and could not put it down umtil the end highly recommended