The expression "beginner's luck" may be the chosen title of Laura Pedersen's new novel but it certainly could not be used to describe the book. Author of GOING AWAY PARTY and PLAY MONEY: My Brief but Brilliant Career on Wall Street, Pedersen is still a relatively young writer. However, she exhibits the talent of not only a seasoned novelist but also a great storyteller.
Hallie Palmer, the main character and narrator, is no ordinary sixteen year old. A skilled gambler and novice detective, Hallie spends her free time dealing cards, placing bets at the race track and trading stocks (much like Peder