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Sex, racism, terrorism, and mental disorder—Marzee Banks must cope with all to survive. Issues involving lifetimes to resolve, he must handle within days.
Resenting the culturally-imposed racial bonds obliging him allegiance to his black community, and perceiving multiple barriers to the external world—the “white world”—Marzee Banks remains trapped in an endless cycle of obsession and voyeurism. A bright African-American college student, he fights a multi-pronged battle with futility—his voyeuristic demon gnashing at him constantly. Almost caught while cruising a student apartment complex, he is referred to counseling by his psychology professor who witnessed him running away. While in therapy, he attempts to explore the origins of his inner demons, only to be diverted by them instead.
Uncontrollable lust obsesses him when he first encounters his philosophy instructor, a ravishing mid-thirties German woman named Utte Thorndike. Smitten by her beauty and mystique, he stalks her. Discovering her address on the Internet, he visits her neighborhood, peeps through her bedroom window at night, and finally enters her house when it is vacant. Discovering the makings of a nuclear device, then overhearing a terrorism plot of unthinkable proportions while hiding frantically in a broom closet—throws his already chaotic life into a frenzy. Loss, abandonment, grief, and trust—all rush in to replace his obsessions as he races to protect that which he had yearned to escape.
About the Author
Calling three urban ghettos home until thirty-two, the author shuffled between Omaha’s Near-North Side, the Crenshaw District in Los Angeles, California, and the neighborhood of 14th and Calvert in Detroit, Michigan. Born to an orthopedic surgeon father and a registered nurse mother, Williams’ father died when he was five, forcing his mother to migrate to Detroit. His mother—well-intentioned and loving—progressed further into severe alcoholism. When her son was eleven she relented, allowing her parents—her family physician father and house-wife mother—to raise her son in Omaha. Shortly thereafter, she moved from Detroit to Los Angeles, which became a second home and alternate life to the author every summer and Christmas. Upon graduating from high school in Omaha with high honors, he moved to Los Angeles to live with his mother, and attend UCLA, where he studied physics, minored in philosophy, was a staff writer for the Daily Bruin and repaired televisions in Los Angeles’ auction district near Western and Adams.
Williams quickly found a career in the burgeoning field of microelectronics, and worked as an engineer and engineering manager for Hughes, Teledyne, and Siemens, among corporations. His facility for writing detailed, figurative and explanatory prose often landed him projects generating technical processes and reports. Later, his penchant for developing microelectronic facilities and devices was extolled in professional journals; lucrative consultancy offers followed.
Alcoholism eventually killed his mother. Her death contained the mixed blessing of crystallizing an evasive emptiness and unfulfillment plaguing the author. He applied to graduate school, and after receiving a master’s degree in counseling psychology, he realized a vast area, largely void of empiricism or technology. Gravitating to the research and statistics of human behavior, he obtained a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, attending the program on a generous fellowship awarded to promising minority graduate students.
Currently the author lives in Ventura County—midway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara—with his wife, three sons, and daughter. Between lecturing assignments, he works as a consulting research psychologist for community mental health centers and behavioral health insurance companies—an occupation which affords him the time to pursue his true passion: writing fiction. The void has vanished, and fulfillment is a common theme.