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Weaving together true historical events with infamous conspiracy theories, The Empty Glass is a riveting, paranoiac thriller narrated by the young coroner who is among the first on scene at Marilyn Monroe’s bungalow when the actress is reported dead.

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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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] imaginative 1960s yarn.”

    US Weekly

  • “It’s LA Confidential meets the Bio channel with a little TMZ thrown in for fun.”


  • “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)

  • “Baker conjures a suitably paranoid atmosphere and crackling dialogue in this look at the seedy intersection of celebrity, politics, and power.”


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About the Author

J. I. Baker is the executive editor of Conde Nast Traveler and a former development editor at Time Inc. He has also worked for Real Simple, Glamour, and Us Weekly magazines and is a founding editor of Time Out New York.