Books: A Terrible Beauty

MARILYN THE WILD by JEROME CHARYN 246 pages. Arbor House. $8.95.

In Marilyn the Wild, Jerome Char-yn's ninth novel, father questing becomes a bizarre and moving search-and-destroy mission. Isaac Sidel, the flintiest, least corrupt, most overbearing cop in New York, is a self-appointed patriarch of the Lower East Side. For 20 years he has kept his microcosm free of outside influence. But too many people now find it hard to breathe when he is around.

Isaac's family slowly pries loose his grip on its life. His wife deserts him. His barked order no longer controls his anarchic daughter Marilyn, a Sarah Lawrence spitfire...