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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 ***** 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, ***** soon-to-be victimized, twenty-four-year old Elizabeth Roffe ("tragically" born a girl, in her father's eyes) is left the heiress of a multibillion-dollar drug company, Roffe ***** Sons after her father's suspicious death (Sheldon 101).

***** she is at the helm of ***** company, four ***** her cousins are still co-owners of the company. All of them want to make money, quickly, so they pressure her to make the company public, but Elizabeth ********** to retain control over the fortune and power she has just in*****ited, even if th***** may ***** the *****'s financial backers choke ***** ********** morning c*****fee. 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.

***** cousins vying for ***** within the company all have d*****ferent backgrounds, and ***** have good reasons for disliking Elizabeth, although some ***** *****m, such as Alec, were kind to Elizabeth when she was a younger child. As well as detailing the different bru*****s with death Elizabeth 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 never sure if he or s***** i***** identifying with a possible killer or psychop*****th, as the ***** unfolds. It is clear early on that ***** stakes are high and ********** life is in danger because of the power she assumes—but from whom?

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

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