Jeffrey D. Briggs, a writer and journalist, has been writing about the Seattle waterfront since he moved onto his sailboat thirty years ago. He now lives on land with his wife and dog and can often be found on the shores of Puget Sound, wondering what secrets lie hidden beneath those cold waters. Out of the Cold Dark Sea, his debut novel, is the first book of his Seattle Waterfront Mystery series.
Alone on a pier in the predawn rain, Martha Whitaker waits in vain for her long-time friend and mentor, Hewitt Wilcox. Martha must navigate secrets new and old to clear her name and discover what’s happened to her missing friend. Before anyone else is killed. Resourceful, strong, and steeled by inner wounds, she's joined by a crusading journalist, who believes Hewitt's disappearance may reveal ugly secrets about a chapter of American history. Together they're drawn into a sinister world of forgery, murder, and betrayal, and Martha is forced to confront her own dark past, where violence provided primal justice.