An example of a rare genre: An outstanding photographer who is also a talented writer.
Dunlop's book is empathic, intelligent and a real page-turner.
(GUARDIAN – 3RD BEST BOOK ABOUT CAMBODIA)
Compelling reading... a vivid, highly personalised account of Dunlop’s quest for comrade Duch, the Khmer Rouge's chief jailer.
Compelling… The Lost Executioner illuminates the darkness of recent Cambodian hisory and examines not only the banality of evil but also its ambiguity.
A powerful account of Cambodia's history, both ancient and more recent.
(CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR – BEST BOOK ON KHMER ROUGE)
The Lost Executioner is a truly excellent and important book, by a writer who brings to the present an enviable command of Cambodia's past. It is apart from anything else a model history of the region from a historian who knows how to write.
(NICHOLAS SHAKESPEARE - AUTHOR)
A tough and brilliant read.
Chilling… this is a brave book by a brave man.
An important and, at times, intensely moving book.
(LONDON METRO MAGAZINE)
Beautiful and harrowing… I don’t think I’ve read a better book… I can think of fewer people who work in South East Asia that I hold in higher regard.
(FERGAL KEANE – BBC CORRESPONDENT & AUTHOR)
A heart-felt and harrowing book.
Dunlop’s writing is clear and often poetic, especially regarding pictures, violence and his own feelings… A brilliant and haunting tale.
Nic Dunlop’s search for the holy grail — the understanding of how (rather than why) good men become evil makes this into a harrowing book. The fact that the events described here are seen through the eyes of a photographer rather than a writer, immeasurably invigorates his account of Cambodia’s horrifying thirty year war, its appalling prisons and monstrous tortures, and America’s hapless involvement.
(GITTA SERENY AUTHOR ‘ALBERT SPEER: HIS BATTLE WITH TRUTH’)
Nic Dunlop's The Lost Executioner is the story of one of the key links in the chain of repression. Comrade Duch was one of those most directly responsible for the terror, yet without the photojournalist Dunlop's one-man search for him, he might still be working for one of the Western NGOs helping to rebuild Cambodia. When confronted with an old photo, Duch decided to confess and has since been taken into custody.
(TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT)
Astonishing… a remarkable contribution.
(FAR EASTERN ECONOMIC REVIREW)
Dunlop's personal quest for international justice holds the narrative together and deepens his story with a thoughtful - and very personal - commentary on photography and violence… a measured but horrifying book.
Stunning and frightening. A biography, memoir and history of unspeakable darkness.
In this haunting, elegant book, Nic Dunlop takes us into a poisonous era, and into the thought world of a idealistic mathematician who believed that his society would become pure when all of its enemies were killed. There are frightening lessons for all of us in these absorbing pages.
(DAVID CHANDLER – AUTHOR ‘BROTHER NUMBER ONE: A POLITICAL BIOGRAPHY OF POL POT’)
A visceral account of the Khmer Rouge… wrenching and revelatory.
The Lost Executioner is my Book of the Year… [Dunlop’s] prose has a real composure to it - it's extremely simple without being simplistic, and there is not one verbose word or overwrought sentence here. The understated tone of Dunlop's journalism allows the appalling facts of his narrative to speak for themselves far more clearly. A truly remarkable story… The Lost Executioner is a vital book and one that deserves to reach a huge audience.