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***** and Form in Bloodline by Sidney Sheldon

Bloodline by the mystery and suspense novelist Sidney Sheldon is a nail-biting mystery thriller told from multiple perspectives of a cast ***** different characters, all with slightly shady pasts, ***** with a reason to want the young, beautiful, determined—but ***** na ve victim dead. At the beginning of the book, the soon-to-be **********, 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 (***** 101).

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

***** ***** vying for ***** *****in the company ***** have d*****ferent backgrounds, ***** all have good reasons for disliking Elizabeth, although some ***** them, 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 the likely suspects. This creates a sense of suspense, because the reader is never sure if he or she is identifying ***** a possible killer or psychopath, as ***** ***** unfolds. It is clear early on that the stakes are high and Elizabeth's life ***** 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 his or her perspective moves from ***** of the British, *****izing Alec, Parisian Helene and her 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, ***** Italian Ivo (Sheldon 70; 282). The author tries to make the occasion*****y confusing plot line, back story, and the many characters less so by titling the different chapters ***** location and when the events are taking place, like "Istanbul, Saturday, September 5th Ten p.m." (Sheldon 1). This also ***** a sense of excitement, *****s things seem to be evolving on a moment-by-moment basis at times, while ***** ot***** times ***** leisurely detours into the past. When there are more extended scenes these scenes seem to increase in weight and importance, such as the scene in which Eliza*****th learns that she h***** been ***** the majority of her fa*****r'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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