McQuinn graduated from high school in Texas, and attended the University of Washington on a Navy scholarship. He served 20 years in the Marines, retiring in 1971 as a major, before becoming an author.
In September 1998 he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while on vacation in Hawaii and became the first person saved by the police department’s recent deployment of automated external defibrillators.
A third book in the Captain Lannat series was announced by the publisher as “a work in progress”, but remains unfinished or unpublished.
Books in order of publication:
- Targets (set during the Vietnam War), 1980
- Wake in Darkness (set in the Philippines)
- 1981Shadow of Lies (contemporary spy novel), July 1985
- Moondark Saga post-apocalyptic trilogy (published in nine parts in Germany)
- Warrior (November 1990)
- Wanderer (November 1993)
- Witch (November 1994)
- Captain Lannat science fiction series
- With Full Honors (November 1996)
- The Prisoner Within (December 1997)