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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (569 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Lynch Narrator: Richard Po Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Internationally bestselling author and Washington State Book Award winner Jim Lynch’s Truth Like the Sun was named one of Amazon’a Best Books of the Month.

In 1962 Roger Morgan became the golden boy behind the Seattle World’s Fair. Nearly forty years later, he’s a shoo-in for mayor. But when an ambitious journalist begins digging into his past, sordid details about his career come to light.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.” 

    New York Times

  • “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.”  

    Washington Post

  • “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.” 


  • “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…Anyone interested in the city, political intrigue stories, or just plan good writing should enjoy this book.”  

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

  • “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.” 


  • “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.”  

    Seattle Times

  • “Propulsive…The poetic intensity of Lynch’s descriptions perfectly balances the restless, relentless pace of a novel that never loosens its grip.” 

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “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.” 


  • “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.” 

    Edmonton Journal

  • “This brisk, bustling and good-humored work [is] taut and accomplished…clever and propulsive.” 

    Dallas Morning News

  • Selected for the May 2012 Indie Next List
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, April 2012
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2012
  • A 2012 Hammett Prize Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judi | 2/11/2014

    " Recommended for current & former Seattleites interested in the history of the World Expo, the Seattle Center, and the space needle. A bit uneven otherwise "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bill | 2/7/2014

    " I'd give this book 3.5 stars if that was an option. Lynch is an excellent writer and the parts of the book dealing with reporting and newsroom politics ring true. Unfortunately, the two main characters are not as well developed as one would like, and the book takes a long time to build to a fairly mundane climax. Still, it was an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kit Fox | 1/27/2014

    " A likeable premise ultimately leading to a rather toothless execution. Decent enough denouement, but still more "meh" than not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda | 1/10/2014

    " I love it when I can learn history through a great story and this one leaves the reader with a couple of great morals to boot. "

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