Nairac was a fascinating character, intelligent, determined, and at times eccentric. He is believed to have a passion for Ireland and its people, acknowledged the discrimination of Catholics and the underlying cause of the "troubles." His role in the military undercover operations seems to conflict with that disposition, unless Nairac genuinely thought he could bring change to a long running dirty war.
Parker writes well on military issues and has excellent sources. Whatever your view on N Ireland, it is impossible to read this book and not relate and feel compassion for Nairac. There are too many unanswered questions. He is implicated in the assassination of a republican and the Miami show band murders, carried out by loyalist paramilitaries and rogue British military elements. If he is being used as a scapegoat, then this is callous and painful for his family. It does seem logical that he could patrol in South Armagh and then walk into the local bar and imitate an Irish accent. The book shows a photo of Nairac on the streets of Belfast, surrounded by youths. Look at his expression and demeanor, confident and relaxed. The opposite of any other officer at the time. This relaxed mindset may have cost him his life. There are many unanswered questions. Why did his superiors allow him to casually walk in and out of the barracks? Was he set up? We hope the truth comes out and his remains can be returned to his family for closure and those responsible convicted. A sad ending, to a very interesting, if not controversial officer.