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Publisher's Summary

The Family Fang meets The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry in this literary mystery about a struggling bookseller whose recently deceased grandfather, a famed mathematician, left behind a dangerous equation for her to track down - and protect - before others can get their hands on it.
Just days after mathematician and family patriarch Isaac Severy dies of an apparent suicide, his adopted granddaughter Hazel, owner of a struggling Seattle bookstore, receives a letter from him by mail. In it, 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 maddening clues hidden by Isaac 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.
©2018 Nova Jacobs (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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1 out of 5 stars
By Philip N Smith on 03-12-18

Couldn't get beyond 2 or so hours ...

What disappointed you about The Last Equation of Isaac Severy?

A very positive review in the WSJ got my to buy this book. A huge letdown. The overall premise was promising. The execution was erratic and seemingly pointless.

What was most disappointing about Nova Jacobs’s story?

Meandering story, and the author seemed to be perpetually thinking "ok, what next worthless character can I bring in?".

What didn’t you like about Lisa Flanagan’s performance?

Very monotone.

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