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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, all with a reason to want ***** 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-doll*****r drug company, Roffe ***** Sons after ***** father's suspicious death (Sheldon 101).

***** 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 *****s to retain control over the fortune and power she has just in*****ited, even if this may ***** the *****'s financial backers choke ***** their morning c*****fee. 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.

The cousins vying for power within ***** company all 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 *****er child. As well *****s 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 she ***** identifying ***** a possible killer or psychop*****th, as the ***** unf*****s. It is clear early on that the stakes are high and Elizabeth's life ***** in danger because of the ***** 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, womanizing Alec, Parisian Helene and ***** husb***** Charles (who "married her for her name and ***** money") from Paris, ***** German Anna from Berlin ***** is married to a m*****n 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 different chapters by location and when ***** events are taking place, like "Istanbul, Saturday, September 5th Ten p.m." (Sheldon 1). T***** also creates a sense of excitement, as things seem to be evolving on a moment-by-moment basis at times, while ***** other times taking leisurely detours into the past. When there are more extended scenes these scenes seem to increase in weight and importance, ***** as the scene in which Eliza*****th learns that she h***** been ***** the majority ***** her father's stock in the company.

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