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The Horror Hothouse

It’s 1963 and John F Kennedy is about to make his historic visit to Ireland, the first by any US President.  Only thing is there is a serial killer on the loose. Now, this wouldn’t normally be a problem for Irish Justice Minister Charles J Haughey except for the inconvenient fact that so far all of the killer’s victims are former Nazis and Nazi collaborators who sought refuge in Ireland after ‘the Emergency’.

As if that isn’t awkward enough, a note pinned to the body of the latest victim warns that the next name on the list is Colonel Otto Skorzany, the man who sprung Mussolini from the hands of the Italian partisans.  Revelations about Ireland harbouring prominent Nazis might just scupper the presidential visit and Dublin can’t afford to lose the prestige that it would confer on the nation.

Haughey can’t trust the Garda Síochána to sort this out…

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