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A classic and hugely entertaining political novel, the cat-and-mouse story of urban intrigue in Seattle both in 1962, when Seattle hosted the World's Fair, and in 2001, after its transformation in the Microsoft gold rush.Larger than life, Roger Morgan was the mastermind behind the fair that made the city famous and is still a backstage power forty years later, when at the age of seventy he runs for mayor in hopes of restoring all of Seattle's former glory. Helen Gulanos, a reporter every bit as eager to make her mark, sees her assignment to investigate the events of 1962 become front-page news with Morgan's candidacy, and resolves to find out who he really is and where his power comes from: in 1962, a brash and excitable young promoter, greeting everyone from Elvis Presley to Lyndon Johnson, smooth-talking himself out of difficult situations, dipping in and out of secret card games; now, a beloved public figure with, it turns out, still-plentiful secrets. Wonderfully interwoven into this tale of the city of dreams are backroom deals, idealism and pragmatism, the best and worst ambitions, and all the aspirations that shape our communities and our lives.

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A classic and hugely entertaining political novel, the cat-and-mouse story of urban intrigue in Seattle both in 1962, when Seattle hosted the World's Fair, and in 2001, after its transformation in the Microsoft gold rush.

Larger than life, Roger Morgan was the mastermind behind the fair that made the city famous and is still a backstage power forty years later, when at the age of seventy he runs for mayor in hopes of restoring all of Seattle's former glory. Helen Gulanos, a reporter every bit as eager to make her mark, sees her assignment to investigate the events of 1962 become front-page news with Morgan's candidacy, and resolves to find out who he really is and where his power comes from: in 1962, a brash and excitable young promoter, greeting everyone from Elvis Presley to Lyndon Johnson, smooth-talking himself out of difficult situations, dipping in and out of secret card games; now, a beloved public figure with, it turns out, still-plentiful secrets. Wonderfully interwoven into this tale of the city of dreams are backroom deals, idealism and pragmatism, the best and worst ambitions, and all the aspirations that shape our communities and our lives.

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      • source: Janet Maslin's 10 Favorite Books of 2012, The New York Times
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        "A flat-out great read with the spirit of a propulsive, character-driven 1970s movie.... Mr. Lynch pairs unlikely antagonists: an old-school political fixer blessed with immense charm, and an overeager newspaperwoman whose research, done in 2001, has the power to destroy him. They never behave predictably, and their showdown lingers long after Mr. Lynch's story is over."

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      • source: Thomas Mallon, The Washingtonian
      • content: "A terrific two-track novel that alternates between--and unites--the story of Seattle in 1962, just as the Space Needle is reaching the sky, and the city's post-dot-com gloom in 2001. The book is beautifully plotted, textured, and paced."
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      • source: Nancy Fontaine, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
      • content: "A rich and engaging tale, with complex characters and a plot seamlessly interwoven with the history of Seattle [and] also the topics of ambition, corruption, the Cold War, and big-time newspaper journalism on the wane. The protagonists are a flawed and likeable pair that grudgingly admire each other, and the truth turns out to be elusive, often obscured by the clouds of memory and the need to sell newspapers. Anyone interested in the city, political intrigue stories, or just plan good writing should enjoy this book."
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      • source: Alan Cheuse, NPR
      • content: "This serious but charming rather old-fashioned sort of book about complicated folks in the midst of life's struggles is just big enough to embrace a number of important themes and topics - the making of the fair, the rise and fall of big city journalism, local politics, the details of history - and just small enough to make all of this quite intimate and engaging."
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      • source: Richard Sherbaniuk, The Edmonton Journal
      • content: "A tremendously entertaining yet serious political novel... As with any fine work of art, it's hard to divine just why this novel works so well. And, as with such art, there's a lot more going on than appears on the surface. I dislike terms like 'instant classic' but this comes awfully close."
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      • source: Nick March, The National [U.K.]
      • content: "A beautifully crafted, fictional remembrance of the Seattle World's Fair and a cleverly plotted tale of the very public death of one man's political ambitions....Lynch is a sparkling host, rendering history in glorious technicolor and the recent past in absolute and black-and-white moral tones."
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      • source: John Harding, Daily Mail [U.K.]
      • content: "Alternating between the two periods, Jim Lynch's novel is a brilliantly disturbing dissection of political morality, where right and wrong are, like Seattle itself, blurred in a grey mist."
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      • source: M. Allen Cunningham, The Oregonian
      • content: "A swirling portrait of a place, like many a Western city, that's equal parts hucksterism, genuine civilizational hope, profiteering racket and progressive mecca, Truth Like the Sun deserves attention and will reward reflection."
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      • source: Jenny Shank, The Dallas Morning News
      • content: "This brisk, bustling and good-humored work [is] taut and accomplished. . . clever and propulsive."
      • premium: False
      • source: Ron Charles, The Washington Post
      • content: "A story of civic pride, political intrigue and journalistic tenacity. . . Any reader interested in the relationship between any town and its most enthusiastic participants will respond to this engaging story."
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      • source: Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times
      • content: "Addictive....Told in chapters that alternate between two eras, its prose reflects the two moods: 1962 sparkles like an old-time midway, crammed with celebrity cameos, souvenir Champagne glasses and fast-talking men in hats; 2001 feels reflective and a little world-weary, a city once bitten and now twice shy."
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      • source: Janet Maslin, The New York Times
      • content: "Enveloping and propulsive....Lynch's twosome, a 30-ish newspaper reporter and the much older bon vivant who is known unofficially as "Mr. Seattle" are such fine creations that they can't be reduced thumbnail descriptions....There is much marveling to be done as Truth Like the Sun unfolds. Lynch captures the excitement of a fair that proudly showed off the world of tomorrow but inadvertently revealed more than it should have."
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      • source: Kirkus
      • content: "A briskly paced novel that gives us an insider's view into both the politics of culture and the culture of politics."
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        April 30, 2012
        Lynch (Border Songs) offers a new entry into the prominent "city portrait" novels with his newest, which aims to do for Seattle what Jonathan Franzen's The Twenty-Seventh City did for St. Louis or Erik Larson's nonfiction The Devil in the White City for Chicago. The split narrative opens with the unveiling of the Space Needle in 1962 and the rise of its charismatic young architect, Roger Morgan, then ahead jumps to 2001, when the 70-year-old Morgan is running for mayor of the city he helped put on the map. Unfortunately, he's hounded by Helen Gulanos, an ambitious reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer who stumbles upon sordid aspects of Roger's past. As Lynch shuttles back and forth between early 60's idealism and contemporary political cynicism, a host of subplots are explored from the standpoint of Morgan's glory days—hobnobbing with Elvis Presley and pursuing capitalist expansion by any means necessary, even if it means fraternization with Seattle's criminal underworld—which are then contrasted with Helen's hunger for truth and the Morgan campaign's attempts to bury the scandal in the days leading up to the primary. Executed at a heady clip, the book gets some special traction from posing capitalism under the menacing shadow of Khrushchev against pre-9/11 apathy. But characters like Morgan and Gulanos are ultimately no more than values, their functions and destiny foregone, in service of awfully small stakes.

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        March 15, 2012
        Master politician Roger Morgan moves from crafting the 1962 Seattle World's Fair to running for mayor of the city 40 years later, but along the way a nosey newspaper reporter investigates his checkered past. Lynch moves the narrative along by alternating chapters focused on the young Morgan's brash ambition in putting obscure Seattle on the world map in 1962 and his decision to oust the sitting mayor in 2001. Hired by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer to produce a feature focused on the 40th anniversary of the Fair--and of its iconic structure, the Space Needle--reporter Helen Gulanos starts to dig into Morgan's past. At first everything seems to check out. He was a young Turk determined to make a difference in Seattle's place in cultural history, and while in the '60s he was never in an elected office, he still emerged as a consummate politician, never forgetting names, dates or special occasions. (In one particularly telling scene he goes to talk to beggars on the Seattle streets to find out why they'd decided to move from Spokane--and he offers money to the one with the best story to tell.) But as Helen doggedly pursues the story, sordid details begin to emerge--the rumor that cops had been on the take, for example, and had used their graft money to invest in apartment buildings for which they'd received inside information from Morgan. And Helen starts to probe even darker secrets--that before a trial on this scandal a star witness had been murdered. It also turns out that Helen is no rose herself, for she's twice been accused of libel at her previous newspaper. A briskly paced novel that gives us an insider's view into both the politics of culture and the culture of politics.

        COPYRIGHT(2012) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
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        April 15, 2012

        Lynch (Border Songs; The Highest Tide) is no stranger to the journalism field in the Pacific Northwest, having worked for the Seattle Times and the Oregonian. So one might suspect that the eager journalist in this novel, Helen Gulanos, might be more autobiographical than fictional. Covering a seemingly benign story about Roger Morgan, a rising candidate in the Seattle mayoral race, Helen slowly unravels the seedy underbelly of Seattle's early days and Roger's role in its corruption. Centered on the 1962 World's Fair and Roger Morgan's role in its success, the story unfolds through a series of flashbacks to a young Roger managing the spectacle of the fair while slipping away to gamble and drink. Lynch uses the World's Fair effectively as an entertaining atmosphere, introducing futurist thinking and bedazzling technologies, while illustrating the concealed, darker political moves that often push a city forward. VERDICT Lynch captures the essence of Seattle's World's Fair while providing a compelling commentary on the adage "The more things change, the more things stay the same." Readers who enjoyed Peter Bacho's Dark Blue Suit will enjoy this story of Seattle's Century 21 Exposition.--Joshua Finnell, Denison Univ. Lib., Granville, OH

        Copyright 2012 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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