The Empty Glass
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.
- Hardback | 324 pages
- 147.57 x 212.09 x 26.92mm | 444.52g
- 19 Jul 2012
- Penguin Putnam Inc
- New York, NY, United States
"J.I. Baker takes a bold run into Cain and DeLillo territory and scores. "The Empty Glass "is chilled and redolent of a good gin martini, leaving you primed to order another."-Barry Gifford, author of "Wild at Heart"
About J I Baker
J. I. Baker is the executive editor of Conde Nast Traveler, and a former development editor at Time Inc. He has also worked at "Real Simple, Glamour, "and "US Weekly" and is a founding editor of "Time Out New York." This is his first novel.