Science fiction with character. The Khekarian series by A.D. Everard.
THE BIG UGLY BLADE – from The Khekarian Threat, out now on Amazon.
She watched him go, sighed and pushed away the papers. But he was back too soon, moving purposefully, drawing her concern. Then she saw the knife held down by his right side, the big ugly blade she never wanted to see. Unsheathed, ready for use. Panic hit.