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Structure and Form in Bloodline by Sidney Sheldon

***** by the mystery and suspense novelist Sidney 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 ***** young, beautiful, determined—but ***** 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-doll*****r drug company, ***** and Sons after her father's suspicious death (Sheldon 101).

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

***** cousins vying for ***** *****in ***** company ***** have different 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 different bru*****s with death Elizabeth 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 never sure if he or s***** is identifying with a possible killer or psychop*****th, as ***** ***** unfolds. It is clear early on that the stakes are high and *****'s life is 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 h***** or her perspective moves from that of ***** British, *****izing 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 occasionally confusing plot line, back story, and the many characters less so by titling the different chapters by location and when the events are taking place, like "Istanbul, Saturday, September 5th Ten p.m." (Sheldon 1). This also ***** a sense of excitement, as things seem to be evolving on a moment-by-moment basis at times, while ***** ot***** times ***** lei*****ly detours into the past. When there are more extended scenes these scenes seem to increase in weight and importance, ***** as the scene in which Elizabeth learns ***** she h***** been ***** the majority of her fa*****r's stock in the company.

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