Heart of Glass

By Ivy Ngeow

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

Crime | Fiction
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Publication date: Spring 2018

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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?


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  • Ivy Ngeow avatar

    Ivy Ngeow

    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.

  • 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.

  • Ivy Ngeow has written 9 private updates. You can pledge to get access to them all.


    Hi guys! As a thank you for supporting my project 3 years ago, I have a FREE BOOK for you. I am thrilled to be giving away a beautiful collection of 3 international short stories about desire and fear called "The Power Ballads & Other Stories" PLUS bonus extra samples of writing and good news. If you haven't yet, please download here and start reading today on your phone, tablet, computer…

    5th March 2019 ONE YEAR ON

    Exciting news: We are having a one year birthday celebration: I am inviting you, as I myself have now been invited to do a very special MALAYSIAN TEA-TIME booksigning and reading event at a top-rated real Malay restaurant in Bayswater London. Curious? "Come dine with me" and try our world-famous treats. You will be amongst friends. As you know the Malaysians are one of the friendliest, funniest and…

    5th August 2018 HEART OF GLASS IN MALAYSIA! Readings @Seksan Sat 25 August 2018 in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur 59100

    Everybody in KUALA LUMPUR.

    As part of my book promo tour, I am travelling from London to make a RARE public appearance and to read from my second novel Heart of Glass in my inimitable street style. I am second or third in the running order. It's FREE to attend.

    Date: August 25, 2018    03:30PM -- 06:00PM

    RSVP by: August 25, 2018    12:00PM

    Venue: Seksan, 67 Jalan Tempinis 1, Kuala Lumpur, 59100…

    20th July 2018 PHOTOS OR IT DIDN'T HAPPEN! Heart of Glass launch/talk/reading, South Kensington Books Wed 18/7/18

    We did it! You and me. Together. Missed it? No worries. Watch it here! 

    It's been a staggering week. Feels cultish and unbelievable to have my novel in a bookstore in central London, and not only that, in the same space as the iconic artist Frida Kahlo in a FRONT WINDOW display. Even Dave the manager of South Ken books was wearing matching T-shirt to Heart of Glass book cover, and matching roses…

    16th July 2018 Reminder: it's 2 days to go to Book signing/Reading/Meet the Author (er... that would be me for all 3).

    Wednesday 18th July, 6:30pm @SouthKenBooks #HeartofGlass #London

    Come and say hi. All welcome.

    2nd July 2018 Heart of Glass: BOOK LAUNCH PARTY/ Reading/Talk/Q&A sesh Sat 30.6.18 'LIVE' @The Park Tavern London

    Everybody, it's happened! Together we did it. We made Heart of Glass. Check out the BOOK LAUNCH videos and photos, now live. Thanks to those who attended and helped usher in the momentous moment. I know you're really busy so I have cut up the evening into three videos of different lengths. They do not have to be viewed in order and each is a standalone. 

    BOOK LAUNCH PART I (Talk) 4min


    18th June 2018 Heart of Glass Book Trailer

    Fancy some big beats? Switch on your Bluetooth speakers and do yourself a favour: check out the TRAILER I made for Heart of Glass the Novel. Music written, performed and produced by me. Film production by Satsuma Music (which is my alter ego). In fact I even wrote the damned book. 

    TIP#1: you might like to grab headphones if you do not have giant speakers. It is a crime to miss out on my killer…

    25th April 2018 We have a PUBLICATION DATE!

    The eagerly anticipated Heart of Glass will be out on or around Tuesday 5 June 2018. Watch out! The 'Eighties are back. If you do not know what a heart of glass is, you will find out soon. Thank you for your patience during this difficult and trying time of manuscript editing while also launching and promoting my award-winning debut Cry of the Flying Rhino. No pain, no gain, no sweat, no cake…

    1st February 2018 Woohoo! Heart of Glass is now being PROOFREAD

    Guys, guys. Check it out: snippet/glimpse of COVER DESIGN. Full cover reveal soon.

    While proofreading is going on, we are writing and re-writing the BACK BLURB to make it exciting. And now I will answer your questions.


    Name: Heart of Glass

    Estimated date of delivery: March. (caveat: pending proofreading results. Nails. Bitten.)

    By: natural birth…

    15th November 2017 BIG DAY TODAY: Cry of the Flying Rhino launch!

    Good morning from Hong Kong! The event is now SOLD OUT! Looking forward to tonight, launch of my first book. Look what the courier brought to the hotel room last night. Unfortunately the room is so small you have to open the parcel in the corridor. Photos coming! Excited? Yes we are. 

    In case you missed the radio interview on Radio 3 RTHK Monday 13 November, here is the link, 13min long. I do have…

    10th November 2017 NEWS FLASH: Monday 13 November I will be ON AIR at Radio TV Hong Kong

    NEWS FLASH: On Monday 13 November, I will be ON AIR!

    I will be fighting jet lag and schlepping to Broadcasting House, Broadcasting Drive, in Kowloon Tong to go on RADIO TV HONG KONG (RTHK) on this Morning Brew show! I will be talking to James Ross at 1030H HK time (0230H) UK time. That is all.


    11th October 2017 CRY OF THE FLYING RHINO Sneak Preview: Doing my Bit for Postcolonial Literature:

    Heart of Glass: 

    Front cover done. Back blurb in progress.

    Some delays in August because I was torn between two cover options both of which I liked. Now we're done being torn. Very exciting. Clue: 1980s! Yes!  In sports news, Cry of the Flying Rhino: Hong Kong - the prize giving ceremony and launch is now only 4 weeks away!

    I have been living in Hong Kong time and refuelling on carbs…

    17th July 2017 Editing, schmediting and COVER DESIGN!

    I have been working on the cover design with the graphic designer who has designed bestsellers like The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith and Marina Lewycka's A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian. As a designer myself, I find it both easy and hard to take the back seat and let someone do the driving. I've even done a moodboard, see below, as the designer inside me always…

    27th April 2017 STOP PRESS: Ivy Ngeow wins 2016 International Proverse Prize - FIRST PRIZE

    I am thrilled my first novel Cry of the Flying Rhino has won this prestigious international literary prize for an unpublished full-length work of prose fiction. 

    About winning a prize: Winning the 2016 Proverse Prize is important in promoting excellence in literature and the love of and for books, across all boundaries of race, country, creed. It is the first time in 9 years the judges…

    23rd March 2017 One Hundred Days of Solitude

    Crowdfunding. Is. Over. Three big little words. 100% in 100 days. And the last 3%? Was the longest, shortest journey in the world (I used to say that about giving birth: new person travelling down 62mm birth canal takes 2 to 20 hours.) But what a push. To watch THE VLOG (53sec long only, I swear) click on the PLAY icon. 

    What a journey. Made me laugh, made me cry, made me wait, made me cry…

    13th March 2017 97% funded! We are very nearly there, guys. Yes!

    Heart of Glass is nearly fully funded! We are* having to pre-sell only another 6 books to make this book come true..

    Hope you like the 80s-inspired artwork - Back to the Future (of publishing). To all supporters, patrons, backers, friends, family, named and anonymous - a very big thank you and a warm welcome aboard. The ship will set sail very soon. You have your boarding passes! The journey…

    7th March 2017 What has the 1980s Reagan era got to do with it?

    Welcome to the Cinema in the Shed. Make yourself comfy and watch my 1980s-inspired show. Go on! It's only 1 minute 19 sec long, I swear. Join in the discussion. The 1980s Reagan era was a time of excess, greed and materialism. Do you agree? Which song or songs from the 80s do you identify with which reflect these values? OK I'll start. "I'm Coming Out" by Diana Ross. Why? It's disco, innit.


    31st January 2017 LISTEN: Wandsworth Radio 'Live' interview plus SNEAK PREVIEW of Ivy's next book

    "Gong Xi Fa Cai! Kung Hei Fatt Choy!" to my dear supporters near and far, old and new, and my supporters-to-be. I was talking to a wonderfully friendly and kind producer/presenter Ms Becks on her show which is the Wandsworth Workday show on Wandsworth Radio, London. REVISED UPDATE 2 Feb 17: Someone said she cannot play the video/audio. So here is the YouTube recording of the interview. It should…

    20th January 2017 NEW: Goodie Bag Reward Tier - take a peek at these Goodies!

    SUPER TREAT ALERT! You must agree with me that these collectibles are totally cool-rated and hipster-verified.

    To those who have just come onboard HMS Ivy Shed, the cabin shop has opened a new reward tier! All coming to you in brand new Heart of Glass modern minimalist logo packaging designed by yours truly.

    GET ALL OF THESE GOODIES AT ONE GO in the £55 reward tier, PLUS 1st edition paperback…

    4th January 2017 It's the Heart of Glass the Novel's SILENT MOVIE news update!

    Hello everyone! Hope you had a great great Christmas and New Year. Myself, I like it quiet and thoughtful. I am a writer after all and a musician too. It is my dream to be left alone to my instruments of torture (keyboards, guitar, quill pen) and a cup of coffee or wine. Being quiet and thoughtful has disadvantages for me, being passive, eating and drinking too much. As a result, I have put on a bit…

    19th December 2016 A big thanks to my Week 1 supporters and a reading of an excerpt

    Hi everyone! I am excited to share with you the news that I am 22 per cent funded a week after launch. That is a fifth and it's Christmas week so people are poor (or rich in culture and thoughts, depending on how you look at it). I am touched that my supporters are not only my friends and family but also two of whom I do not know and have never met. You know who you are and I am happy to be listing…

    12th December 2016 Hello Unbound and Hello World

    Hello Unbound and Hello World!

    Today is my big day. I am excited and cannot believe that the launch page is up and running! 


    I have lots of goodies to share with you from my shed, so stay close by.

    Please watch the video, read the excerpt, synopsis and about me section. I am crowdfunding this book because the voice of ethnic minorities like…

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