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A brilliantly disturbing dissection of political morality, where right and wrong are, like Seattle itself, blurred in a grey mist Daily Mail The parry and thrust between journalist and subject is expertly handled. The obvious cultural touch point for Lynch's novel is Citizen Kane, and as Helen searches for her Rosebud revelation, readers are confronted with the American obsession with ambition in all its tarnished glory -- Christian House Independent on Sunday Lynch observes like a journalist and writes like a poet Seattle Times ***** This novel is so very special. If you reach the last page without having laughed out loud, felt tears well up or at least once sat back in wonder at the extraordinary descriptions of the sea and its creatures, then you may, quite simply, be inhuman. Independent on Sunday on The Highest Tide

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Jim Lynch is the author of three novels, The Highest Tide, Border Songs and Truth Like The Sun. Before becoming a full-time novelist Lynch wrote for newspapers throughout the Northwest and beyond, winning the Livingston Award for Young Journalists, the George Polk Award and other national honors. He now lives in Olympia, Washington with his wife and daughter.

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A man and his city, a love story 3. April 2012
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I very much enjoyed Jim Lynch's two previous novels, Border Songs and The Highest Tide, so it was with delight that I picked up his newest, Truth Like the Sun. All three of the books are set in the Pacific Northwest, and Lynch's affection for the region clearly shows in his writing. While I saw some loose similarities in the first two books, this third is, in some ways quite different, and that's ok.

Truth Like the Sun alternates between 1962 and 2001. In 1962 we see a young Roger Morgan cheerleading, organizing and managing the Seattle World's Fair, including the construction of Seattle's now-iconic Space Needle. In 2001, Roger decides to run for mayor of Seattle, and he draws the interest of Helen Gulanos, a newspaper reporter newly arrived in Seattle along with her young son. As the story develops, we learn more about both Roger and Helen, both of whom have more in their backgrounds than is immediately evident.

As is expected by now, any political campaign draws out the muckrakers, and while Roger is presented as a sympathetic character, he also has done things that could be questionable. As Helen pursues the story, she uncovers more and more detail, making her wonder if Roger is really the nice and honest person his image suggests. The reader wonders too - Lynch has a gift for creating characters that seem so real, you're tempted to go look up details to see if they really existed. (In this case, they exist only in Lynch's imagination.) Lynch sprinkles the 1962 segments with "cameos" by real-life celebrities of the time, including LBJ, Edward R Murrow, and even a delightful scene where Roger takes Elvis Presley to a back-room card game in town.

In 2001, while Roger is considered "Mr. Seattle", he has never run for office before and the realities of a political contest take a toll on him. Helen's story collects more and more dirt, but it is unclear how many of her sources are telling the truth and how many have a vendetta against Morgan - he does have enemies, as, it turns out, does Gulanos.

When I reached the end of the book, I sat back and contemplated for a while. Lynch's novels never have "tidy" endings - yes, the major plot is resolved, but his characters usually end up in a state of transition, not closure. And so it is with Truth Like the Sun. Many of your questions will be answered, but not all of them. No, this is not setting up for a sequel, it's just the way life is, and that's one of many reasons why I enjoy Jim Lynch's books so much.
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A revolving restaurant of a novel 9. Januar 2013
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The New York Times reviewer Janet Maslin gave Truth Like the Sun a big shout-out in her end of the year wrap-up of ten books she enjoyed in 2012. On the strength of that, I decided to read it, even though I have yet to read a good novel about newspapers and journalists. Most recently, I was disappointed in Tom Rachman's newspaper novel The Imperfectionists, but I still liked it better than this wooden account of Seattle circa 1962 juxtaposed with Seattle circa 2001.

Overall, this novel feels like interesting material in search of a story. The newspaper characters are almost laughably stock: the pusillanimous editor who fears offending the local bigwigs, the solitary young crusading journalist, the rumpled and overweight "true" journalist whose time has come and gone. The subject of the newspaper's investigative journalism, Roger Morgan, impresario of the Seattle World's Fair, is a slightly more complex character, at least when he's not in the middle of one of the boring set pieces in which he surveys the fair and/or greets a visiting dignitary.

In fact, you'll want to bypass some of the descriptive passages altogether, unless you live in Seattle and enjoy the touches of local color. This is a novel in which hot mugs "steam," nursing homes smell (surprise!) of disinfectant and other things, and the young reporter's hair (one of her physical assets) is compared, rather amazingly, to an oak tree.

Maslin called Truth Like the Sun "a flat-out great read with the spirit of a propulsive, character-driven 1970s movie." Well, yes, there are flat-out great reads about city life and politics that do make great movies, although it isn't this particular novel. Another author comes to mind, himself a great chronicler of the sort of police corruption at the center of Truth Like the Sun. His books make great movies, too, like Mystic River. However this writer lives in Boston and his name is Dennis Lehane. Perhaps he could be convinced to write a newspaper novel.

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Dreaming & scheming in Seattle 15. Mai 2012
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Somehow I do not expect a book title to be inspired by a quote from Elvis Presley, "Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't going away." This choice of title says a lot about Jim Lynch and about the book itself.
Lynch's two previous novels created an expectation that Lynch will produce something unusual, and he has succeeded. The story switches between two time periods---1962 and 2001. The 1962 track portrays the excitement of the Seattle World's Fair and Roger Morgan, the "charismatic young mastermind" who led the project to its spectacular success. In 2001 young reporter Helen Galanos is writing a routine story for the fair's 40th anniversary and begins to find evidence that the revered eminence grise Morgan may have been involved in high-level big-money corruption. This promises to be especially big news when Morgan announces at his 70th birthday party that he has decided to run for mayor. The story unfolds with Helen doggedly pursuing what might be the dream story of a young reporter's career, while Roger equally tenaciously tries to run a successful political campaign, which certainly requires avoidance of any hint of scandal. Both of them encounter ethical challenges. Helen must decide just how far she is willing to go for her story; Roger must decide how much he is willing to do to stop her. Clearly it will be impossible to have truth, justice, and a "fair" outcome for all parties. Who is going to win? I thought the story dragged a bit in the middle, but Lynch's denouement avoids clichés and is both disturbing and satisfying.
The best character in Truth Like the Sun is Seattle! If you can read this book without wanting to visit, or maybe even move, there, something is wrong with you! I have visited Seattle only a few times, but I confirmed the accuracy of some of the landmarks Lynch mentions, such as the Spanish Ballroom in the Olympic Hotel, and locals say Lynch's picture is accurate, as well as clearly affectionate. The two main human characters, Roger Morgan and Helen Gulanos, are a bit less satisfactory. Roger is a very interesting guy. His people skills are clearly a source of a great deal of his success, but he never marries, despite several engagements. He clearly drinks too much, gambles, and sleeps with other men's wives, but he has a commitment to the city he loves that we must admire. Is there a disconnect between Morgan's abilities and values in his social interactions and in his more intimate relations? It is certainly true that real people can be inconsistent, but I needed more clues to help me understand him. Helen Gulanos is a dedicated journalist facing up to tough ethical problems, but despite attempts to humanize her by details like the addition of a precocious little son, I never quite figured out what made her tick fundamentally. Both have a hidden secret in their earlier lives that can cause them problems if revealed in the present, and those aspects of the book seemed a bit artificial, especially the story of Morgan's early life (I'm trying hard to avoid spoilers here!).
What initially hooked me in Truth Like the Sun was the wonderful writing. Reviewers often mention Lynch's journalistic background, which may have contributed to his keen observation and ability to describe places and people interestingly. What I liked best about the writing, however, was the clever turns of phrase, such as his description of Seattle as "a city so short on history it's almost all future anyway" or when a character marvels at "thirty-five countries helping us throw a fair in some city they still think rhymes with beetle."
The quality of the writing, the evocative sense of place, and the well-done ending add up to a very satisfying read. Lynch has once more produced a work that is out of the ordinary and worthy of your time.
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Like the weather in Seattle this morning, "It's just OK" 19. April 2012
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I've just finished my Amazon Vine advance copy of Jim Lynch's "Truth Like The Sun". It's an interesting book, although I don't think it's on a level with Border Songs (Vintage Contemporaries). In this look at Seattle during the World's Fair, for me there were quite a few "Aha!" moments, in particular, when the Masonic Nile Temple on Lower Queen Anne is forced to move(to Edmonds), and one really memorable "Whoa! I'd forgotten!!" moment. That's when JFK is supposed to be in Seattle for the last day of the Fair, but begs off, due to an "upper respiratory virus", which turned into a bad case of Cuban Missile Crisis. Deep in my memories, I dimly remembered scandals about graft, payoffs, and other high-jinks starring the Seattle PD and various public figures, and this brought those days back. However, I feel that like the profile/expose article that figures so strongly through this book, it may have been rushed to publication. Like Seattle 50(OMG!!)years ago, Century 21, The Seattle World's Fair is dominating our local media, and it's nice to revisit those days, when at least during daylight, it was safe to walk from 8th & Pike down to Pike Place, and then all the way down 1st Avenue to what the trendy newcomers, bandstanders, and carpetbaggers call SODO.
My bottom line: this is a book to request at your local public library, but not to bother buying until prices drop, which they surely shall.
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Blinding ambition leads to beautiful story... 1. August 2012
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Truth Like the Sun, Jim Lynch's great new book, is timely, compelling, and emotionally satisfying. In 1962, the city of Seattle is poised for the excitement of hosting the World's Fair, and the Space Needle is the crowning jewel of this event. Young Roger Morgan is the so-called "King of the Fair," as he pushed the city's leaders and financial supporters to throw their weight behind it, and he allegedly designed the Space Needle on a cocktail napkin. He has the world in his hands, with entertainers, world leaders, even married women marveling at what he has created, and he is proud of the changes he was responsible for bringing to Seattle. Yet as he revels in the glory of the event, he is still looking for something more.

Flash forward to 2001. Seattle is reeling from the bursting of the tech bubble, and crime and incivility have taken hold in the city. Seventy-year-old Roger Morgan, who used his fame from the World's Fair to gain influence as an adviser to countless politicians, surprises the city by declaring his candidacy for mayor, running against an incumbent he had once assisted. Many in the city rush to embrace this one-time king and fringe candidate, while others scramble to figure out exactly who Roger Morgan is, including Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter Helen Gulanos. Driven both by her need to understand Morgan and what he stands for, as well as her desire to write a Pulitzer-worthy story, she throws her all into investigating every corner of Morgan's life, from 1962 until the present. And as she finds herself drawn by his magnetism, she's also drawn by what she finds out.

The book switches between 1962 and 2001, from Roger's early glory days to his seeking once last fling with fame and power. Lynch does a fantastic job weaving the two narratives, and I found myself in the same quandary as Helen--I wanted to know more about what makes Morgan tick but I was also afraid of what might be uncovered. In this era of news being driven as much by innuendo as fact, I found this book tremendously timely, but at its heart this is the story of a man motivated more by his desire to make his city the center of the world, one who gets caught up in the glory of doing so. I really enjoyed this book a great deal. Lynch is a fantastic writer and all of his books have captivated me in similar ways.
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