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The Last Equation of Isaac Severy

(2018)
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*Wall Street Journal's "Mysteries: Best of 2018"
*Book of the Month Club Selection
*Edgar Award Nominee: Best First Novel by an American Author

A "hugely entertaining" (Wall Street Journal) mystery starring "a Royal Tenenbaums-esque clan of geniuses" (Martha Stewart Living) - perfect for fans of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore.

In this "riveting... brilliant" (Booklist) debut, Hazel Severy, the owner of a struggling Seattle bookstore, receives a letter from her adoptive grandfather - mathematician Isaac Severy - days after he dies in a suspected suicide. In his puzzling letter, Isaac alludes to a secretive organization that is after his final bombshell equation, and he charges Hazel with safely delivering it to a trusted colleague. But first, she must find where the equation is hidden.

While in Los Angeles for Isaac's funeral, Hazel realizes she's not the only one searching for his life's work, and that the equation's implications have potentially disastrous consequences for the extended Severy family, a group of dysfunctional geniuses unmoored by the sudden death of their patriarch.

As agents of an enigmatic company shadow Isaac's favorite son - a theoretical physicist - and a long-lost cousin mysteriously reappears in Los Angeles, the equation slips further from Hazel's grasp. She must unravel a series of confounding clues hidden inside one of her favorite novels, drawing her ever closer to his mathematical treasure. But when her efforts fall short, she is forced to enlist the help of those with questionable motives.

"A novel that is anything but clueless, filled with consideration and compassion" (The Washington Post), The Last Equation of Isaac Severy proves that, like Hazel, you don't have to love math to fall under the Severy spell.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"I so hated saying goodbye to the brainy eccentrics in the Severy clan that I started this book all over again as soon as I finished it. Can’t wait to see the fresh surprises I’ll find now that I’m in on a few of their secrets." - Julia Claiborne Johnson

"In THE LAST EQUATION OF ISAAC SEVERY, Nova Jacobs sends an endearing bookstore owner on a quest for an elusive mathematical formula--but that is only the beginning of her journey. Jacobs weaves a charming, mysterious tale about family bonds, personal ghosts, and the wondrous intersection of mathematics and art. A fun, compelling read." - Matthew Sullivan


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Hardback Editions

June 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues (Thorndike Press Large Print Mystery)
Author(s): Nova Jacobs
ISBN: 1-4328-5285-X / 978-1-4328-5285-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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March 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues
Author(s): Nova Jacobs
ISBN: 1-5011-7512-2 / 978-1-5011-7512-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria Books
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Paperback Editions

December 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues
Author(s): Nova Jacobs
ISBN: 1-5011-7513-0 / 978-1-5011-7513-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria Books
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April 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues
Author(s): Nova Jacobs (author)
ISBN: 1-5011-9242-6 / 978-1-5011-9242-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Touchstone
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Audio Editions

March 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues
Author(s): Nova Jacobs
ISBN: 1-5384-9316-0 / 978-1-5384-9316-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues; Library Edition
Author(s): Nova Jacobs
ISBN: 1-5384-9315-2 / 978-1-5384-9315-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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March 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues
Author(s): Nova Jacobs
ISBN: 1-5384-9317-9 / 978-1-5384-9317-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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March 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Last Equation of Isaac Severy
Author(s): Nova Jacobs
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Last Equation of Isaac Severy
Author(s): Nova Jacobs
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

March 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues
Author(s): Nova Jacobs
Publisher: Atria Books
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March 2018 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues
Author(s): Nova Jacobs
Publisher: Atria Books
Availability: Amazon UK