There are some terms that so exactly convey their meaning that you wonder what we used before they were invented. Short eyes (meaning a pedophile) is one. Ratlines (meaning an escape route for the undeserving) is another. Author Stuart Neville is in town to read from and sign his latest novel Ratlines. Set in Ireland in 1963, Ratlines follows Lieutenant Albert Ryan as he investigates a series of murders. The victims are all former Nazis, well-connected men given asylum by the Irish government. And it seems the killer isn't finished. A threat has been made against another former Nazi who has risen to social prominence in Ireland. The Irish Minister of Justice pressures Ryan to keep the situation under wraps. President John Kennedy is on his way for the first-ever visit to Ireland by an American head-of-state and the minister is determined not to have the occasion ruined by allegations that the Irish government knowingly harbored Nazis in the wake of WWII. But Ryan isn't without a conscience. Will he blindly follow orders and protect a known war criminal? Or will he turn the man over to the killer?
Tue., Jan. 8, 6:30 p.m., 2013