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

***** by the mystery and suspense novelist ***** Sheldon is a nail-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 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 fat*****'s eyes) is left the heiress of a multibillion-dollar drug company, Roffe and Sons after her fat*****'s suspicious death (Sheldon 101).

Although she is at the helm of ***** company, four ***** her cousins are still co-owners of the *****. All of 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 *****'s financial backers choke over their morning coffee. After all, a woman ***** 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 ***** within ***** company ***** have ***** backgrounds, and all have good reasons 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 d*****ferent brushes with death ***** experiences before she is apparently murdered, the story includes flashbacks ***** the bizarre lives of ***** likely suspects. Th***** creates a sense of suspense, because the reader is ***** sure if he or s***** i***** identifying ***** a possible killer or psychop*****th, as ***** ***** unf*****s. It is clear early on that the stakes are high and Elizabeth's life is in danger because of the power she assumes—but from whom?

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

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


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