Ratlines takes place in Ireland in 1963. Lieutenant Albert Ryan, Directorate of Intelligence, is ordered to investigate the murder of a German national. The German is the third foreigner to die within a few days, and Minister for Justice Charles Haughey wants the killing to end lest a shameful secret be exposed: the dead men were all Nazis granted asylum by the Irish government in the years following World War II.
As Albert Ryan digs deeper into the case he discovers a network of former Nazis and collaborators, all presided over by Colonel Otto Skorzeny, Hitler's favorite commando, from his country estate outside Dublin. When Ryan closes in on the killers, his loyalty is torn between country and conscience. Why must he protect the very people he fought against twenty years before? Ryan learns that Skorzeny might be a dangerous ally, but he is a deadly enemy.
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