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Structure and Form in Bloodline by Sidney Sheldon

***** by the mystery and suspense novelist Sidney Sheldon is a n*****il-biting mystery thriller told from multiple perspectives of a cast of different characters, all with slightly shady pasts, ***** with a reason to want the young, beautiful, determined—but slightly na ve victim dead. At the beginning of the book, the soon-to-be victimized, twenty-four-year old Elizabeth Roffe ("tragically" born a girl, in her fa*****r's eyes) is left the heiress of a multibillion-dollar drug company, Roffe and Sons after ***** father's suspicious death (Sheldon 101).

***** she is at the helm of the company, four of her cousins are still co-owners of the *****. All ***** them ***** to make money, quickly, so they pressure her to make the company public, but Elizabeth wants to retain control over the fortune and power she has just in*****ited, even if th***** may make the company's fi*****ncial backers choke ***** ********** morning coffee. After all, a woman has never stood at the helm of Roffe and Sons. Elizabeth will not bend to their pressure and instead relies upon the guidance of her trusted advisor Rhys Williams.

The ***** vying for ***** within the company all have ***** backgrounds, ***** ***** have good reasons for disliking Elizabeth, although some ***** *****m, such as Alec, were kind to Elizabeth when she was a younger child. As well as detailing the different bru*****s with de*****h Elizabeth experiences before she is apparently murdered, the story includes flashbacks of the bizarre lives of ***** likely suspects. This creates a sense of suspense, because the reader is never sure if he or s***** i***** identifying ***** a possible killer or psychopath, as ***** story unf*****s. It is clear early on that the stakes are high and ********** life is in danger because of the power she assumes—***** from whom?

The reader alternately feels sympathy with and repulsion for all of the Roffe cousins, as h***** or *****er perspective moves from ***** of the British, ********** *****, Parisian Helene and her husband Charles (who "married her for her name and ***** money") from Paris, ***** German Anna from Berlin ***** is married to a man thirteen years her junior, and Italian Ivo (Sheldon 70; 282). The author tries to make the occasionally confusing plot line, back story, ***** the many characters less so by titling the ***** chapters by location and when the events are taking place, like "Istanbul, Saturday, September 5th Ten p.m." (Sheldon 1). This also creates a ***** of excitement, as things seem to be evolving on a moment-by-moment basis at times, while at ot***** times ***** lei*****ly detours into the past. When *****re are more extended scenes these scenes ***** to increase in weight and importance, such as the scene in which Elizabeth learns that she h***** been ***** the majority of her father's stock in the company.

Although the reader identifies ***** all ***** ***** characters, there is a cert********** distance as *****, that creates a cool


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