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Heart of Glass

A pacy literary thriller set in the 1980s’ disco era by Ivy Ngeow

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The Synopsis

Heart of Glass is a pacy literary thriller set in the 1980s’ disco era. It is exotic and noirish popular fiction. Li-an is a con artist and talented Chinese American musician in Chicago’s Chinatown. With accomplice Dallas, she drugs and robs rich guys in bars. Dallas is caught. Li-An wants to come clean.

Chicago, 4 November 1980, US elections night. America is celebrating Reagan's win over Carter. She accepts a piano-playing job in Macau offered by Italian restaurant businessman Paolo. She gets to live luxuriously in a Portuguese colonial gothic mansion.

She meets New York DJ Ben, her crush, her nemesis and a compulsive gambler in the Macau casinos. He says she’s being exploited. When he overhears that Paolo has left her all his assets, he plots to kill Paolo so they can cut a recording deal in New York.

But will it work? Will she ever escape?

The Excerpt

I woke up. I was dreaming of music, and dreamin’ is free. I was going to get caught very soon and I could feel it. My nose was tingling. Things were on the decline. No, seriously. Only that very afternoon I contemplated selling my wine red Gibson Les Paul deluxe guitar in its silver padded bag in order to live.

That night, I met Paolo. I was twenty-three years old. I had twenty-four dollars left in my patent black clutch and some belladonna tabs. Four, if I remembered right. It was the freezing cold weather in Blondie’s Picture This. I had clouds on my lids and I’d be on the skids.

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The Author

Ivy Ngeow was born and raised in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. A graduate of the Middlesex University Writing MA programme, Ivy won the 2005 Middlesex University Literary Prize out of almost 1500 entrants worldwide. She has written non-fiction for Marie Claire, The Star, The New Straits Times, South London Society of Architects’ Newsletter and Wimbledon magazine. Her fiction has appeared in Silverfish New Writing anthologies twice, The New Writer and on the BBC World Service. Most recently, her story was published by Fixi Novo in an anthology.

Ivy won first prize in the Commonwealth Essay Writing Competition 1994, first prize in the Barnes and Noble Career Essay Writing competition 1998 and was shortlisted for the David T K Wong Fellowship 1998 and the Ian St James Award 1999.

Ivy has been a highly-accomplished multi-instrumental musician since childhood and won fifth prize (out of 850 entrants) in the 2006 1-MIC (Music Industry Charts) UK Award for her original song – Celebrity, when she formed her own band, Satsuma (2005-07). Her songs are funky, modern and eclectic, with strong urban grooves and lyrics. Satsuma has played headlining gigs at top London venues such as: The Marquee Club, The Troubadour Club, The Water Rats, The Betsey Trotwood, Plan B and Clockwork.

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