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Structure and Form in Bloodline by Sidney Sheldon

***** by the mystery and suspense novelist ***** Sheldon is a n*****il-biting mystery thriller told from multiple perspectives of a cast of different characters, all with slightly shady pasts, all with a reason to want the young, beautiful, determined—but ***** 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 ***** Sons after her father's suspicious death (Sheldon 101).

Although she is at the helm of ***** company, four of her cousins are still co-owners ***** the *****. All of them want 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 financial backers choke over *****ir morning coffee. After all, a woman ***** never stood at the helm of ***** and *****. Elizabeth will not bend to their pressure and instead relies upon the guidance of her trusted advisor Rhys Williams.

***** cousins vying for power *****in the company all have different 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 brushes with de*****h ***** experiences before she is apparently murdered, the story includes flashbacks of the bizarre lives of ***** likely suspects. Th***** creates a sense of suspense, because the reader is ***** sure if he or s***** ***** identifying ***** a possible killer or psychop*****th, as ***** story unf*****s. It is clear early on that the stakes are high and Elizabeth's life is in danger because of the ***** she assumes—***** from whom?

The reader alternately feels sympathy with and repulsion for all of the Roffe cousins, as h***** or her perspective moves from ***** of ***** British, ********** *****, Parisian Helene and ***** husb***** Charles (who "married her for ***** name and her money") from Paris, the German Anna from Berlin who is married to a man thirteen years her junior, and Italian Ivo (***** 70; 282). The author tries to make the occasion*****y confusing plot line, back story, ***** the many characters less so by titling the ***** chapters ***** location and when the events are taking place, like "Istanbul, Saturday, September 5th Ten p.m." (Sheldon 1). This also ***** 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 seem to increase in weight and importance, such as the scene in which Elizabeth learns that she h***** been left the majority of her father's stock in the company.

Although the ***** identifies ***** all of ***** characters, there is a certain distance as *****, that creates a cool


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