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By J.I. Baker | Comments: ( 996 ) | Date: ( May 28, 2020 )

The Empty Glass A Novel324 pp 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 referThe Empty Glass A Novel324 pp 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 Keywords JI J I BAKER EMPTY GLASS FICTION MARILYN MONROE DIARY THRILLER MYSTERY TRUE CRIME ENTERTAINMENT MOVIES TV

  • Title: The Empty Glass
  • Author: J.I. Baker
  • ISBN: 9780399158193
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Hardcover

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  • Cynthia

    Book noir?"The Empty Glass" is an interesting murder mystery told from an unusual perspective. We're kept guessing who Deputy Coroner Fitzgerald is recounting his story to. It's August 5th, 1962 and Marilyn Monroe has just been found dead in her Brentwood bungalow. Why did it take 5 hours to contact police? Who are all the people in her home when police arrive? Why does the body position look `staged'?I love how Baker intersperses political and historical information into the story. In fact the [...]

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac

    I just did not see the point of this book at all. The dysfunctional coroner just knows Marilyn was murdered, but no one will listen to him. He steals her diary, which is redacted, so its reading is just ridiculous in audio format, and makes friends with a Hedda Hopper wanna-be. There are fires, overdoses, fights. It really was quite a shambles. I'm certain there are much better conspiracy theory novels out there

  • Carolyn

    A bizarre book, one of the most confusing things I've read in ages (maybe ever!). Eventually one figures out most of it - who is speaking or acting, what's going on - but the guessing isn't much fun without a framework to fit it into. The fictional protagonist is a deputy coroner in Los Angeles at the time of Marilyn Monroe's death who gets in over his head investigating the case. Some of the characters are real: Thomas Noguchi, Bobby Kennedy, Peter and Pat Lawford, Johnny Roselli. The author's [...]

  • Susanne

    As a noir take on the death of Marilyn Monroe, the story chugs along well, a right little page-turner, in fact, keeping the reader curious as to what will happen next all the way to the end of the story.The only comment I would make on this aspect is that the writing style interferes with the characterization. We’re distanced from our hero, and in a noir you really need to be inside your protagonist’s head, feeling with him and cheering him on (or not, whatever the case may be). Unfortunatel [...]

  • Glass House Reviews

    It didn’t hit me until after I read The Empty Glass that it’s been fifty years since Marilyn Monroe died. This should explain why I’ve seen so many books on the actress published recently – fiction and non-fiction. I like to read novels that have roots in historical events – James Ellroy, for one, writes brilliant crime fiction set in the JFK era, and in the last few years I’ve read a number of novels that expand on the Marilyn myths. Glass, in particular, is actually set just after [...]

  • Kathy

    This novel is in the format of a noir film and told from the perspective of Deputy Coroner Ben Fitzgerald, who quickly surmises that the facts just aren't adding up to the story being put out to the public about Marilyn Monroe's death. One of the first on the scene when the death is reported, Ben observes that there is no water in the room with which pills could have been taken and that Marilyn's body appears to have been moved. The scene had not yet been staged to reflect the public story. When [...]

  • Tara

    Loosely based on the many conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Marilyn Monroe, some of which are rather far-fetched - although serious questions remain. Disappointingly perhaps, Marilyn herself is only a minor character. And the supposed red diary, FBI tapes, and friendship with Jeanne Carmen are all based on shaky evidence. Obviously this is fiction, but if you know Marilyn's story well, this rendering leaves something to be desired. It is quite similar to Max Allan Collins' recent take [...]

  • Hydra M. Star

    This book is, in parts, more than a bit hard to follow. It’s written in a sort of first person noir style, with witty remarks and clever quip exchanges that, while entertaining, sometimes confused this reader. It was only after the first hundred or so pages that I was finally able to get accustomed to this style and sort out enough details concerning the main character that the story started to become enjoyable. I won’t say, however, that this book is horrible. I’m left feeling sort of mid [...]

  • Susan Merrell

    I wonder why there hasn't been more noise about this book. It's much more than a police procedural, a literary detective novel and a really beautifully imagined book about a fictional medical examiner in the week following Marilyn Monroe's death. Baker takes some wonderful risks, writes (and sees) lyrically, and builds character with a fluid, raw skill that reminds me of Peter Hoeg's Smilla.

  • Craig Pittman

    A big meh. J.I. Baker's debut novel, "The Empty Glass" starts off strong but runs into continuity and character problems and runs out of steam before it reaches the end. The author sets up an interesting main character, alcoholic deputy coroner Ben Fitzgerald, as his hero, and puts him smack dab into a fascinating mystery, namely: Why did Marilyn Monroe die? Before it's done, the novel connects Monroe to the Kennedy family, the Mafia, Sinatra's Rat Pack and a goon squad from the LAPD. What the n [...]

  • Mary Ronan Drew

    I'm giving this book five stars despite quitting after about 100 pages. The Empty Glass by J I Baker is a "modern noir" about the death of Marilyn Monroe. The narrator is an assistant coroner in LA, a colleague of the later-famous Thomas Naguchi. He is called to the scene at Monroe's modest (by Hollywood standards) hacienda and he immediately notes many discrepancies and questionable practices (like calling the studio immediately and then waiting four hours to call the police.) Most of what we a [...]

  • Kayleen

    This novel had the sparse, stuttering pace of a Monroe-era noir film. It centers on one deputy-coroner turned gum shoe and his probing into the conspiracy surrounding the death of Marilyn Monroe, as he tells it to the investigator after his own arrest. True to the conspiracy, it's hard to tell which characters are playing for the good guys and in a contest between the LAPD and the Mafia, is there a good side? SPOILER: Near the end I was afraid he was going for a Shutter Island ending, with his d [...]

  • Rachel

    leave Marilyn Monroe ALONE.

  • Naomi Blackburn

    Read my full review @: bit/UrHqv0Synopsis: Deputy Coroner, Ben Fitzgerald is called to the scene of a suicide. When he gets to the scene, it is the suicide of Marilyn Monroe and things aren't lining up that it is a suicide and, although, everyone in law enforcement writes it off as suicide, he can't. On his own, he investigates her death, but are there are people out there who don't want the truth dug up and will do whatever they need to do prevent it from happening? Is Ben trying to make a murd [...]

  • Book of Secrets ☘

    THE EMPTY GLASS is an interesting fictitious account of Marilyn Monroe's final days and death, blending facts with popular (conspiracy) theories.The protagonist of the story is Ben Fitzgerald, the fictional deputy coroner for Los Angeles County, who is called to Marilyn's home the morning after she died. His somewhat simple job of notifying next-of-kin becomes very complicated and dangerous when he finds and steals Marilyn's diary (called The Book of Secrets!!). Some very powerful people find ou [...]

  • Laurel-Rain

    The story begins with a narrator who is talking to an unknown person, probably a psychiatrist whom he keeps addressing as "you" or "Doc," and these events appear to be occurring at some future point in time.We then move to the events of August 5, 1962, when Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her sparsely decorated adobe home. She was lying face down, clutching a phone.In the following pages, we discover that there are time discrepancies; there are concerns about the position of the body and the un [...]

  • Dana

    I could not resist reading "The Empty Glass", a book that ends the speculation surrounding Marilyn Monroe's death. The story begins when Ben, the L.A. Coroner, arrives at Marilyn's home hours after she is found in her bed of an apparent overdose. Ben takes her diary from the scene and reads Marilyn's book of secrets, which reveals a wounded woman desperate for a normal relationship. Her glamorous life provided clues to what really happened that fateful night while advancing themes of abandonment [...]

  • Valerie

    For a debut novel, I think this one was pretty darned good. The author adds an unusual perspective to the reasons for Marilyn Monroe's death. As in real life, evidence seemed to indicate either suicide or homicide, but in my personal opinion, I believe the woman was murdered, not necessarily by the people named in this novel. The novel is written in a very short chaptered noir style, and if one had not known about this actress and her history with the Kennedys and others, I could see where some [...]

  • Diane S ☔

    I finished this book yesterday and shortly after I was done turned on the television to watch the news and there was a picture of Marilyn Monroe. Turns out that yesterday would have been her birthday, which was kind of creepy because this book is about Marilyn's apparent suicide and the controversy surrounding it. Yet it is so much more than a retelling or rehashing of this story because the author has added a new element to this story. Ben, an asst. coroner is called to the scene of Marilyn's d [...]

  • Ryan Poehler

    4.5 Stars for me! I loved this book. It blends historical fact with the famous conspiracy theories surrounding Marilyn Monroe's tragic death. The narrative is told like a film noir from the '30s where the main character, Detective Ben Fitzgerald, is recounting the story to you as the character "the Doctor". It was an interesting and fun way to read through the story. I could understand how some parts of this storytelling may confuse readers, however I thought it was very creative and right up my [...]

  • Lisa B.

    Well, well, well - this was pretty darn interesting. I was too young in 1962 to remember the death of Marilyn Monroe, but have certainly heard all the stories surrounding the mystery of her last few years and her supposed suicide. I’ll be honest with you, I wasn’t so sure the topic would interest me, but boy, was I wrong. This book pulls the different theories surrounding Marilyn’s death together in a very readable, entertaining and fast paced mystery.This is a debut from Mr. Baker. All I [...]

  • Adriane

    Simply amazing.This work of fiction is based on the days after Marilyn Monroe's apparent suicide, and the deputy coroner and an investigative journalist, on the trail of what looks to be a government cover-up. People disappear, lies are figured for truth and vice versa, and most of all.everyone is watching you.I would say this book has a very noir feel to it, and I enjoyed the banter between Ben and Jo. The plot twists constantly keep you guessing is Ben crazy, a product of his addiction, or is [...]

  • Stacy Fetters

    What an extraordinary book. A call comes into the station about a celebrity being dead and coroner Ben is on the case. It just so happens that the lovely Miss Monroe is the unfortunate soul. As he sneaks and peaks around, he finds her "diary" and calls the number in the book that is written everywhere.At home, he realizes what he had and has to go back and get that diary. This is when his life starts to slowly explode right in front of his eyes. An edge of your seat mystery that will leave you b [...]

  • ceeeeg

    this was such a juicy read.i love 'alternative history' fiction (when it is well done; much of it is rather schlocky, in my opinion) and have always been fascinated by the trials, tribulations and tragic and mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe see the legend extrapolated this way and bring in the possible political ramifications of her associations and how they may have contributed to her death was gripping readingwell-researched, the blurring of the lines between fact and fiction was brilliantly [...]

  • Merja Pohjola

    Hmph. Jeanne Carmen. Yes,it is a novel, BUT by writing/reading about these conspiracy theories (at their worst, I might say, no more without revealing the end) we give credence of the rumors plus Jeanne Carmen and the like. Okay, yes, I read it too, but I think I might say I "know better" without sounding too arrogant. I hate to think people who have read nothing but Summers's bio or something come across this and it just makes it so much harder to try and explain why things couldn't go the way [...]

  • Josh

    LA Deputy Coroner Ben Fitzgerald becomes intimately involved in the case surrounding the death of starlet Marilyn Monroe in 1952. The story unfolds from a unique perspective which pits Ben at the forefront, almost to the extent of overshadowing Monroe’s suicide. The narrative is very much a retelling of Ben’s life throughout the investigation which leads to him being a suspect for many crimes including abduction, stalking and murder running parallel to Monroe’s re-enactment of her final mo [...]

  • Cheryl

    The literary equivalent of film noir. With the familiar troika of the mafia, the C.I.A. and the Kennedys all play into this dark little tale. A field day for conspiracy theorists. Ben Fitzgerald, Deputy Coroner, gets a little too curious about some things that seem out of place at the death scene of a particular well know actress, and it does not prove good for his health. Real life people populate this book, on the periphery, like Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra, Thomas Noguchi and the beautiful, [...]

  • AnnieBebop

    Cool novel based on the mystery surrounding the death of Marilyn Monroe. Lots of small errors in historical detail, but so what, it's a novel. You only notice those things if you are old enough to remember the period. Told in a way that's a bit hard to follow, but a gripping read for me. I'll look forward to future work from this first time novelist.

  • Kerri

    The story was gripping a take on the conspiracy theories surrounding Marilyn Monroe's death. It was a bit choppy, and jumped back and forth, but overall it was good. The bad guys were all the guys, and noone could be trusted it was super spooky.

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