Ratlines were a system of escape routes for nazis and other fascists fleeing europe at the end of world war iithese escape routes mainly led toward havens in latin america particularly argentina chile paraguay colombia brazil uruguay mexico guatemala ecuador and bolivia as well as in switzerlandother destinations included australia canada and the middle east. Senior german nazi criminals escaped prosecution after world war ii by the use of different ratlines spread over europe which were operated via a network of vatican contacts. A guardian uk best thriller of 2013 a st louis post dispatch best book of 2013 a 2014 barry award best thriller nominee a 2014 sue feder historical mystery award nominee praise for ratlines ratlines is a belter fast furious bloody and good ian rankin new york times bestselling author of exit music ratlines is a brash and exciting thriller full of hairpin turns and espionage. Noun nautical any of the small ropes or lines that traverse the shrouds horizontally and serve as steps for going aloft also ratline stuff three stranded right laid tarred hemp stuff of from 6 to 24 threads used for ratlines lashings etc
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