Friday, July 18, 2014
Review of The Carrier by Preston Lang (280 Steps, 2014)
The Carrier is a road-trip, crime caper that follows the travails of a laidback illicit courier as he travels from Massachusetts to Iowa to pick up a payment for drugs. From the get-go Cyril is in trouble, having met and been held up by a sultry young woman intent on grabbing the money for herself, but who strikes before he’s collected the package. They continue the trip together, but quickly come to realise they’re being tracked by two losers looking for an easy payday. The plot thus unfolds as a cat and mouse game, both for Cyril and his brother, Duane, who is finally coming to realise that his place a little higher up in the drugs gang has become somewhat tenuous. The story rattles along at a nice pace and has some nice noir touches as the caper unfolds into a lethal game of pass the parcel.