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***** 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, ***** soon-to-be victimized, twenty-four-year old Elizabeth Roffe ("tragically" born a girl, in her father's eyes) is left the heiress of a multibillion-doll*****r drug company, Roffe and 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 of the *****. All ***** them ***** to make money, quickly, so they pressure her to ***** 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 ***** their morning coffee. After all, a woman has never stood at the helm of ***** and *****. Elizabeth will not bend to ***** pressure and instead relies upon the guidance of her trusted advisor Rhys Williams.

***** cousins vying for power *****in ***** company all have different backgrounds, ***** all have good *****s for disliking Elizabeth, although some of them, such as Alec, were kind to Elizabeth when she was a younger child. As well *****s detailing the ***** bru*****s with de*****h Elizabeth experiences before she is apparently murdered, the story includes flashbacks ***** the bizarre lives of the likely suspects. This creates a sense of suspense, because the reader is ***** sure if he or s***** i***** identifying with a possible killer or psychopath, as ***** story unf*****s. It is clear early on that the stakes are high and *****'s life is in danger because of the ***** she assumes—but from whom?

The reader alternately feels sympathy with and repulsion for all ***** the Roffe cousins, as his or her perspective moves from ***** of the British, womanizing Alec, Parisian Helene and ***** husband Charles (who "married her for ***** name and her money") from Paris, the German Anna from Berlin ***** is married to a m*****n thirteen years her junior, ***** Italian Ivo (***** 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 by location ***** when ***** events are taking place, like "Istanbul, Saturday, September 5th Ten p.m." (Sheldon 1). T***** also creates a ***** 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 ***** to increase in weight and importance, ***** as the scene in which Elizabeth learns that she has been left the majority ***** her father's stock in the company.

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

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