Right at the end of the war, some Nazis saw it coming. They knew that even if they escaped, hundreds of others wouldn't. They needed to set up routes, channels, ways out for their friends. Ratlines.
"Stuart Neville's books just get better and better and Ratlines is simply superb. A shocking moment in history is the backdrop to a hugely gripping thriller and I really hope we see Albert Ryan again." - Mark Billingham
"Ratlines is a wildly entertaining blend of fact and history in Ireland in the 60s. Hugely ambitious, it is a superb mystery but in addition, a spotlight of a slice of Irish history largely ignored. Intrigue, real figures from the Irish political scene , complex mystery and told in the exceptional style that Stuart Neville has made his own. Jameson and Nazis, Irish rebel songs and Charles Haughey, it's a bold and brilliant blend." - Ken Bruen
Ireland, 1963. As the Irish people prepare to welcome President John F. Kennedy to the land of his ancestors, a German businessman is murdered in a seaside guesthouse. He is the third foreign national to die within a few days, and Minister for Justice Charles Haughey is desperate to protect a shameful secret: the dead men were all former Nazis granted asylum by the Irish government.
A note from the killers is found on the corpse, addressed to Colonel Otto Skorzeny, Hitler's favourite commando. It says simply: 'We are coming for you. Await our call.'
Lieutenant Albert Ryan, Directorate of Intelligence, is ordered to investigate the murders and protect Skorzeny. But as he infiltrates Ireland's secret network of former Nazis and collaborators, Ryan must make a terrible choice: his country or his conscience?