Nefilim – Reviewed by Ola Hultin, Sci-Fi Bookstore

Nephilim is a given star on this autumns crime spectrum and moreover a, just as vital as worrying, contribution to the climate debate.

A gang of frustrated environmental activists launch their own more direct campaign against Sweden’s biggest environmental polluters, but discover along the way that someone has gotten there before them and in a far more disturbing manner. Something with biblical proportions is brewing…

As in her earlier books And Shackle Lilith in Chains and Stigma Åsa Schwarz writes nimbly and with a well-balanced richness of detail. The suspense and the tempo never waivers and upon re-reading it you notice how well thought out the story is. Inviting culinary descriptions and interesting anecdotes from a Stockholm long past intensifies the sense of intimacy.

While her previous novels are more occult thrillers, Nephilim is directed at a much larger readership, which is good, because Åsa Schwarz deserves to be read by many. I would thus like to recommend it very much!

/Ola Hultin, Sci-Fi Bookstore

Nefilim – Review by Kristina Simar

WRITTEN BY KRISTINA SIMAR 10TH DECEMBER 2009

Åsa Schwarz was born in 1973. She is a writer and IT security consultant. She works parttime at Cybercom and writes during the remainder of her time.

She debuted in 2005 with And Shackle Lilith in Chains and in 2006 Stigma was published. These two novels are part of a series called the Demonology. Nephilim is Åsa’s latest novel, which was published in 2009 and is separate from the other two.

Plot: Nova Barakel is an environmentalist who’s about to break into the apartment of Vattenfall’s VP to tag his walls with slogans. When Nova is in the bedroom she discovers two people and a dog brutally murdered in the bed. She flees, but unfortunately leaves evidence behind and is later suspected of the murders.

Nova’s mother has died in a car crash and one day the mother’s lawyer rings Nova. He wants her to come to his office together with a representative from a foundation called the FON. They are going to split the mother’s 53 million kroner inheritance, fifty-fifty. When Nova and the representative, Peter Dagon, arrive at the lawyer’s office he tells them that Nova will be able to keep the house in Gamla Stan1, which is valued at 13 million kroner, as well as art, effects and shares worth 13.5 million kroner. FON are allotted 26.5 million in shares.

When Nova finds out that FON stands for Friends of Nephilim she researches it on Wikipedia where it says: “Nephilim are creatures or beings who appear in the Bible.” In the Book of Genisis it says: “[I]n those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them.”2
Nova wonders what this has to do with her mother.

Together with her environmentalist friends, Nova is out to scare some more “polluters”. Next in line is the VP of Scandinavian Airlines. But somebody beats them to it and murders him as well. One night when Nova is in another “environmental criminal’s” apartment she discovers a lot of blood. Someone is fleeing the scene – it’s the murderer. When Nova discovers who’s trying to escape and who is the most likely culprit, she is dumbfounded.

Detective inspector Amanda is in charge of the murders. She is having a relationship with the medical examiner Moses. Amanda is now starting to suspect Nova for all of the three murders. She tries to reach Nova but Nova escapes from her house in Gamla Stan, makes a cash- withdrawal at the bank and tries, unsuccessfully, to flee the country. She has also found out that Moses is unreliable he too is a Nephilim.
Finally the police arrests Nova and she is faced with the difficult task of declaring her innocence. She tells Amanda and Moses but it’s not something Amanda wants to hear. She has just gotten the news that she is pregnant with Moses child, which she wants to tell him as soon as possible. However, when Moses finds out about it he is far from overjoyed. He demands that Amanda should have an abortion immediately. Shortly after this Amanda does a check up on Moses and finds out strange things about him. She is starting to believe Nova’s story more and more. Amanda and her colleagues come up with a plan for how Nova is going to help them catch the killer. The ending is thrilling, but I’m not revealing any more. READ IT YOURSELVES!

I think: That Åsa Schwarz yet again creates an incredibly exciting book. Already after And Shackle Lilith in Chains I was hooked on Åsa’s mysterious world, with bible quotations and suspense that gives you goose bumps. The book is a page-turner and I sometimes feel like I’m a part of the plot. Åsa really knows how to write enthrallingly. It’s excitement from the first page to the last. I can hardly wait for her next book. Åsa IS addictive.

Grade: 5/5

Kristina Simar reader/literature critic.