Spicer, who behind his wafer-thin underworld persona was a caring human being, invited the distressed character in for a cup of tea and some scones that he'd finished baking moments earlier. After a few hours, talking late into the night, Musson was back on track and any thoughts of killing anyone at VastTel had vanished from his mind. His only anger now was towards his psychiatrist, who he was convinced had opportunistically used him to further his own personal agenda.
It was unfortunate that the two men had been slung together again by circumstance on the day of the radio interview. If they'd met just a few days earlier who knows what Musson would have done, but even his anger towards Whimplestein had mellowed with time. Beneath it all, Musson was quite a balanced individual, as far as murderous psychopaths go, and the two men greeted each other warmly.
What had really stoked the fire in Musson's belly was the unfortunate arrival of another phone bill from VastTel. There had been a long period of no contact with the phone company, but his initial, inaccurate phone bill remained unpaid. A 48-page reminder had found its way to Double Bay, with a disproportionately high late fee added to the total. It reached him just as the car arrived to take him to the radio station. The mad man had been fixated with it on the journey across town, which was just long enough for him to return to his original ambition — he was now more convinced than ever that he must kill a VastTel executive, and meeting Woodburner this morning was his first real opportunity. Whimplestein had seen it in his eyes the moment they met. They both wanted Woodburner dead and today, he thought, was the day that Musson would do it.
The Incumbent is Phil Dobbie's first novel and these excerpts have been used with his permission. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. To purchase the entire novel in digital format, click here. It is also available in printed format ... for more details click here.