Author: Ian David Noakes
Genre: Erotic, Horror, Thriller
Word Count: 277 pages
Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd.
Who is brutally murdering the male residents of the Hourglass Heights apartment complex? At first glance, it would appear that their spouses are the killers, but Detective Marcia Tanaka believes that a serial killer is responsible.
Through the course of her investigation, Detective Tanaka is pulled into a world of Japanese folklore and the supernatural as she explores the darker side of relationships, sex and psyche. She must learn to defeat her own personal demons before she can defeat one that is far more sinister.
Hourglass Heights combines the mystery and suspense of a supernatural murder investigation with the intense sexual exploration usually found only in erotica.
CRIMPLE TOLD ME THAT I NEEDED TO LET IT GO, that I was only sixteen years old when it happened and that I shouldn’t have allowed such a tragic burden to weigh so heavily on my young shoulders. He told me that I could never have predicted such a terrible thing would happen and that I shouldn’t continue to blame myself. I was told a lot of things but none of them made any difference. I couldn’t let it go, and I wouldn’t allow it to run away from me. This tragic burden would weigh upon my narrow shoulders until my final breath because I did blame myself.
Crimple was right when he said I couldn’t have predicted such a murderous act, but the truth was it did happen. I had lied to my father and he had been brutally murdered because of my own selfish behavior. At sixteen, I wasn’t a child and I didn’t deserve to be happy.
Fifteen years later, there I was, burdened and still struggling to summon the courage to keep going. I existed with the knowledge that the easy way out wouldn’t help me if I wanted to look my father in the eye when I reached the Pearly Gates.
A communal printer sparked to life from within the shadows of an open-plan office space sprinkled with what could be mistaken for the same old desks that I used to hide behind in school. Equally old computers perched on the desktops and the classroom image was completed by bulletin boards that filled the walls. These, however, weren’t covered with mundane homework assignments. No, these days I looked upon grisly crime scene photos, suspect profiles and wretched back-stories of humans at the lowest moments in their lives.
Ian David Noakes is a former projectionist who now loves writing stuff: funny stuff like Partners In Crime; Scary stuff like Hourglass Heights. And even serious stuff like Tables Turned.
As Ian had too much time on his hands with only his wife, five children, screenwriting, novel writing and Mocha drinking trips to Starbucks, he decided to train to become a behavorial therapist too.
Ian started writing his debut novel, Hourglass Heights, during the of summer of 2012 after producers were complimenting his ‘dynamic writing style’ year after year, writing that would never be read more than a handful of times in a window-less office.
He completed it a year later, but during the publishing process he completed two novellas (Partners In Crime, Tables Turned), as well as his second novel, The Ancient Lawman.
Hourglass Heights has been nominated for the People’s Book PrizeTM in the U.K., and it is also a contender for the National Book Awards.
Oh, Ian also loved this review: “Noakes knows his way around words and paints a brilliant, dark world where creatures of the night become all too real.”
--MIKE J. HULTQUIST - Author/Screenwriter (Victim, Squeal: Blood Harvest and Arena - starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kellan Lutz)