Books: I Am Curious (Irving)

THE SEVEN MINUTES by Irving Wallace. 607 pages. Simon & Schuster. $7.50.

As a rule, the effect of Irving Wallace's books is indirectly proportional to his reader's lack of information and sophistication. The Seven Minutes, a turgid, untitillating novel about an obscenity trial, is no exception. It is a book for people who don't know much about pornography but who know what they like.

The basic situation pits a politically ambitious but honest California district attorney against an idealistic, pipe-smoking lawyer who is defending a bookseller accused of selling obscene matter. The matter in question is The Seven Minutes, a novel that records...

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