The Empty Glass by J.I. Baker

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The plot on the book, hinging as it does on what might have been the suicide, the accidental death or the murder of the world’s most famous woman, mines one of the richest veins of intrigue, corruption and betrayal of the previous century.
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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.
 

About J.I. Baker

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J. I. BAKER is the executive editor of Condé Nast Traveler. Prior to that, he was development editor at Time Inc.; he has also worked at Real Simple, Glamour, Us, and is one of the founding editors of Time Out New York. The Empty Glass is his first novel.
 
Published July 19, 2012 by Plume. 331 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Vinton Rafe McCabe on Jul 19 2012

The plot on the book, hinging as it does on what might have been the suicide, the accidental death or the murder of the world’s most famous woman, mines one of the richest veins of intrigue, corruption and betrayal of the previous century.

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