cover image The Twenty-Seventh City

The Twenty-Seventh City

Jonathan Franzen. Avon Books, $8.94 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-380-70840-6

Bombaycorrect?/yes/pk police commissioner S. Jammu, a member of a revolutionary cell of hazy but violent persuasion, contrives to become police chief of St. Louis, Mo. Her public agenda is the revival of the metropolis pk (once the nation's fourth ranked city, and now its 27th), but her private one is to make a killing in real estate. Franzen's ``imagination is prodigious, his scope sweeping; but in the end, he loses control of his material,'' said PW . (Mar.)