Marshall Houts, FBI agent, lawyer, professor and author of 44 books, including "Where Death Delights," on which the "Quincy, M.E." television series was based, has died. He was 74.
Houts died Wednesday in Laguna Niguel, his son, Tim Houts, said.
In 1959, the author also created Trauma magazine, a medical journal for emergency room physicians, which he edited and published until his death.
Marshall Wilson Houts was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., the son of a Methodist preacher. He studied at Brevard College in North Carolina and the University of Minnesota Law School and became an FBI agent in Brazil and Cuba.
During World War II, Houts moved from the FBI to the Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of the CIA. He was tapped to parachute into the Japanese-held island of Macao because he could speak the indigenous language of Portuguese. He also worked behind enemy lines in Burma.