Xenocide is a fast-pace, fun read about a sheriff's deputy named Steve Adler investigating a murder. But the murder victim--and the killer--are not what he expected. Combined with touching scenes of Adler trying to woo an EMT that he's attracted to and a couple of shifty federal agents, this makes for a good short piece of science fiction firmly based in reality but with that extra element of "What if?" that I find so appealing in works of this genre. 5 stars.
Larry has the rare ability to make his characters and situations feel lifelike, for instance even though the murder victim is an alien the characters aren't running around screaming thinking they had lost their minds, they approached the situation rationally and logically. Granted some people wouldn't be able to handle it, but being a cop and an EMT they've seen their fair share of odd things.
Overall I thought the story was nicely paced, the characters were interesting and the X-Files references made me smile.