Philippe Sands' first book, East West Street won him the Baillie Gifford Prize and the Prix Montaigne. His second,The Ratline : Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive is the true story of Otto von Wächter, a fugitive Nazi who died under mysterious circumstances in Rome whilst awaiting transport through 'the ratline' to Argentina. Sands befriends von Wächter's youngest son who is determined to exonerate the soul of his father. This book, for all its grim reality, is a densely-packed thriller with the unnerving wisdom of a fairytale. Sands unravels not only the mystery of Von Wächter's death, but also of his life.
Philippe has chosen books with a relationship to The Ratline.