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A criminal trial is like a Russian novel: it starts with exasperating slowness as the characters are introduced to a jury, then there are complications in the form of minor witnesses, the protagonist finally appears and contradictions arise to produce drama, and finally as both jury and spectators grow weary and confused the pace quickens, reaching its climax in passionate final argument.

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Clifford Irving (born November 5, 1930) is a US writer famous for his "authorized autobiography" of Howard Hughes. It turned out to be a hoax.

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