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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 ***** different characters, all with slightly shady pasts, ***** with a reason to want ***** young, beautiful, determined—but slightly na ve victim dead. At the beginning of the book, ***** soon-to-be **********, twenty-four-year old Elizabeth Roffe ("tragically" born a girl, in her fat*****'s eyes) is left the heiress of a multibillion-doll*****r drug company, Roffe and Sons after her fat*****'s suspicious death (Sheldon 101).

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

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

The reader alternately feels sympathy with and repulsion for all of the ***** cousins, as his or her perspective moves from ***** of the British, womanizing *****, Parisian Helene and her husband Charles (who "married her for her name and her money") from Paris, ***** German Anna from Berlin who is married to a m*****n thirteen years her junior, and 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). T***** also creates a ***** of excitement, as things seem to be evolving on a moment-by-moment b*****is 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, ***** as the scene in which Elizabeth learns that she has been left the majority of her fa*****r's stock in the company.

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


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