In this debut novel, acclaimed short-story author Tim Pratt delivers an exciting heroine with a hidden talent Ė and a secret duty. Witty and suspenseful, here is a contemporary love song to the West that was won and the myths that shape usÖ.
As night manager of Santa Cruzís quirkiest coffeehouse, Marzi McCarty makes a mean espresso, but her first love is making comics. Her claim to fame: The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl, a cowpunk neo-western yarn. Striding through an urban frontier peopled by Marziís wild imagination, Rangergirl doles out her own brand of justice. But lately Marziís imagination seems to be altering her reality. Sheís seeing the world through Rangergirlís eyes Ė literally Ė complete with her deadly nemesis, the Outlaw.
It all started when Marzi opened a hidden door in the coffeehouse storage room. There, hidden behind the world she knows, she saw the face of something strangeÖ and dangerous. And she unwittingly became its guard. But some primal darkness must have escaped, because Marzi hasnít been the same since. And neither have her customers, who are acting downright apocalyptic.
Now itís up to Marzi to stop this supervillainous force thatís swaggered its way into her world. For Marzi, itís the showdown of her life. For Rangergirl, itís just another day....