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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Hoaka Moon Publishing (February 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615588859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615588858
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,464,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Laurie grew up in the picturesque islands of the South Pacific. Her father pioneered air travel to many of the tiny islands, and Laurie often accompanied him on his flights. She moved to Seattle to study photography and dance at the University of Washington. While there, she discovered an interest in Jewish Studies, Hebrew, and Middle Eastern dance. She moved to Israel to pursue these subjects, earning her keep by working in the cotton fields of the Jezreel Valley. Laurie moved to London, then lived in several European countries, before returning to Israel. It was on this second trip to Israel that she met the love of her life. They eloped and were married in Cyprus. Laurie and her husband spent time exploring the Far East, before settling in Hawaii. Laurie had a career with the Postal Service, and raised three children. She retired in 2006 and started writing her Louise Golden mystery series. She also promotes animal rights and rescue, and practices yoga, meditation, and qi gong. Laurie lives on Oahu with her husband, two youngest children, a Westie and an alley cat.

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Laurie grew up in the picturesque islands of the South Pacific. Her father pioneered air travel to many of the tiny islands, and Laurie often accompanied him on his flights. She moved to Seattle to study photography and dance at the University of Washington. While there, she discovered an interest in Jewish Studies, Hebrew, and Middle Eastern dance. She moved to Israel to pursue these subjects, earning her keep by working in the cotton fields of the Jezreel Valley. Laurie moved to London, then lived in several European countries, before returning to Israel. It was on this second trip to Israel that she met the love of her life. They eloped and were married in Cyprus. Laurie and her husband spent time exploring the Far East, before settling in Hawaii. Laurie had a career with the Postal Service, and raised three children. She retired in 2006 and started writing her Louise Golden mystery series. She also promotes animal rights and rescue, and practices yoga, meditation, and qi gong. Laurie currently lives on Oahu with her husband and two youngest children.

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I look forward to reading her next book.
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The book delves into Louise's personal life a bit more than the first book did, and I liked getting to know her better.
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When I reached the last page I wanted the story to keep on going!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gail M Baugniet, Author of For Every Action on May 8, 2012
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The second book in Laurie Hanen's Louise Golden mystery series, How Far is Heaven?, has a grittier plot than her debut novel, Almost Paradise. Both offer a strong protagonist and an entertaining story.

How Far is Heaven? opens with a gripping action scene. The stage is set for a story that takes the reader on a tumultuous journey to a seamier side of Paradise. Away from the bright lights of tourist attractions, illegal activities have slipped under the radar, festering unchecked until Louise Golden stumbles upon, or more accurately, drivers her mail truck into, the heart of the matter.

Several new facets of protagonist Louise Golden's character are revealed as the story progresses. During a trip to New York's Manhattan, a new dimension of her personal life unfolds that is both endearing and controversial. Tension builds as Louise experiences conflicting emotions over the death of an estranged family member. The strain of expectations, real or imagined, only adds to her stress.

As mentioned, the novel opens in Honolulu. Louise is suspended from her job over an accident that was beyond her control. While the case is under investigation, she travels to Manhattan, where she attempts to gain perspective into the earlier years of her life. Upon returning to Honolulu, she resumes her search for an evil that has woven its tentacles deep into a segment of life in Hawaii. As that world begins to unravel, Louise is dragged into a situation that turns life-threatening.

Before reading How Far is Heaven?, I wondered how the horse on the book's cover related to a mystery set in Hawaii. Now I know.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ghostfndrjan on July 17, 2012
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Exciting, entertaining, and beautifully written! Laurie has a fresh and unique way of telling her stories! Not the same old, same old!! When I reached the last page I wanted the story to keep on going!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ilovethebeach on April 8, 2012
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I just finished Laurie Hanan's kindle version of How Far is Heaven! It was a great read, from the moment I started it, I couldn't put it down.

I felt like I was in Hawaii sharing the same feelings as Louise!

If you love easy reading books that have a little romance, a little sadness, a lot of action and set in a a beautiful location -- this is the book for you.

Pick up a copy, I know you will not be dissapointed.

Looking forward to the next Louis Golden adventure!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Toby Neal on October 21, 2012
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It took me a little while to settle into the mellow pacing of Laurie Hanan's How Far is Heaven? but once I did, I couldn't leave the complex, layered world she built around Louise Golden, a mail carrier who is so much more: a young woman with family issues, a "complicated" love life, and a menage of pets. The central drama, the rescue of a young woman from a family keeping her as a sex slave, almost isn't as dramatic as Louise's pilgrimage to bury her estranged father in the strange world of New York...or her exploration of her relationships with three different, intriguing men. In spite of these seeming glamorous interludes, nothing in Louise's life is glitzy and her angst is believable, as is her quest for justice for a woman who won't get any without her help. The story has a "real Hawaii" feel that only someone who makes their home here can understand, from the intimate friendships with neighbors to the use of pit bulls for security.
Write on, Laurie!
Toby Neal, author of the Lei Crime SeriesBlood Orchids (The Lei Crime Series)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James R. Ludwig on June 11, 2012
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In her second Louise Golden Mystery, Laurie Hanan once again takes us to Paradise, where there is a new and very different mystery to be solved. We learn more about Louise, her background, her conflicts, and her complicated love life in this installment, but her commitment to never letting go until she finds an answer is once again on display. The setting of Christmastime in Hawaii plays as much a role in this finely crafted mystery as the intriguing characters. The characters that return from the first book grow in depth while retaining the features that made us care about them the first time around. The Louise Golden Series is one that you will want to climb on board, if you haven't already, and hang on for all the exciting stories that are sure to come. laurie knows how to capture and hold your interest while continually inviting you to explore what is beneath the surface.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martha Levy on July 22, 2014
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I enjoyed the second book, I get the impression Louise does not know how to live a quiet life. What I like is the characters are continued in the second book. and new ones are added in, and I don't mean just people, I love the animals too. Besides the main story line, they also got in to stories of her family, when her farther died, & she goes back to NYC., The main story of her hitting the poor girl on the road by mistake & why she was trying to get away. from her capturer. The story line was great, I've already started book 3.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah A. Mceachern on June 13, 2014
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I lived in Hawaii for 15 years. To me, Laurie's books are in the "Sue Grafton" tradition, each one better than the last and I love the Hawaii setting. While the plots keep me interested, entertained [and often worried for the Louise!], it is so much fun to be immersed in the culture of shave ice, quiet, beautiful beaches and the local pidgen and getting to know all of the fun characters. Laurie knows of which she speaks since she lives on Oahu and it makes me yearn to go back and enjoy living there all over again. I loved 'How Far Is Heaven' and have started on her 3rd book in the series. Keep 'em coming!
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