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Structure 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 ***** young, beautiful, determined—but slightly na ve victim dead. At the beginning of the book, ***** soon-to-be *****ized, 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 ***** Sons after her fat*****'s suspicious death (***** 101).

***** she is at the helm of the company, four ***** her cousins are still co-owners of the company. All of them want to make money, quickly, so they pressure her to ***** the ***** 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 fi*****ncial backers choke over *****ir morning coffee. After all, a woman has never stood at the helm of Roffe and *****. Elizabeth will not bend to their pressure and instead relies upon the guidance of her trusted advisor Rhys Williams.

***** ***** vying for ***** *****in the company ***** have ***** backgrounds, and 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 as detailing the d*****ferent brushes with de*****h ***** experiences before she is apparently murdered, the story includes flashbacks of the bizarre lives of the likely suspects. Th***** creates a sense of suspense, because ***** reader is never sure if he or s***** i***** identifying ***** a possible killer or psychop*****th, as the ***** unfolds. 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 ***** the ***** cousins, as his or her perspective moves from ***** of the British, ********** Alec, Parisian Helene and ***** husb***** Charles (who "married her for her name and her money") from Paris, the German Anna from Berlin ***** is married to a man 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 ***** when the events are taking place, like "Istanbul, Saturday, September 5th Ten p.m." (Sheldon 1). T***** also creates a sense of excitement, ********** things seem to be evolving on a moment-by-moment basis at times, while at other times ***** leisurely detours into the past. When *****re 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 of her father's stock in the company.

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


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