NEW RELEASE SPOTLIGHT
The Carrier, by Preston Lang
Genre: Crime Fiction
Published by: 280 Steps
Publication Date: March 2014
Number of Pages: 250
Synopsis: It’s a bad idea for a drug courier to pick up strange women in roadside bars. Cyril learns this lesson when the girl he brings back to his motel room points a gun at him. But Willow isn’t the only one after the goods that Cyril’s been hired to pick up. A fast talking sex-offender and his oversized neighbor are also on the trail, as is Cyril’s sinister brother, Duane. Willow and Cyril soon form an uneasy alliance based on necessity, lust, and the desire for a quick payday. But with so many dangerous players giving chase, will they nab their package?
They kept walking, past the main business district and into the darker residential streets. Cyril’s motel was off a side road somewhere close by. He hoped he could find it in the dark, but everything looked very much alike. First he led Willow down the wrong street that ended at an empty lot.
“This is where you’re staying?” she asked.
“I think I’m on the next street.”
“If I didn’t know better, I’d think you were leading me down a dark alley on purpose.”
“Why, so you could shoot me?”
Willow smiled. They found his motel, a cheap little two-story chain: the Firstway Inn. He led her to his door, and she watched calmly while he opened it and turned on the light. The room smelled flat and dusty, and only one of the three overhead light bulbs worked.
Willow jumped on Cyril, wrapping her legs around him, toppling him onto the bed. She kissed his face and his neck then worked inside his mouth, biting his inner lip. They tore off their clothes quickly and tumbled off the bed, fucking like they were the only humans left in a world full of zombies. It was a fantasy Willow had sometimes—there’s nothing else out there except mindless death, and we are probably infecting each other. Cyril seemed to get it.
She felt a little lost afterwards—a base note of pleasure under a single shot of panic. Jesus, she thought, I could fall for a guy like this. And then she put on her clothes. When she got to her shoes, Cyril sat up.
“Where are you going?”
Cyril started to get dressed.
“You don’t have to get dressed,” she said, “I just like to have clothes on.”
“That’s too bad.”
Willow put on her jacket, and then she pointed her gun at Cyril.
“I’m going to need all the money,” she said.
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PRESTON LANG is a freelance writer, living and working in New York City. The Carrier is his debut novel.