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The "Nero" is an annual award presented by the Nero Wolfe Society to an author for literary excellence in the mystery genre. The award is presented at the Black Orchid Banquet, which is traditionally held on the first Saturday in December in New York City.
1979: The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling - Lawrence Block
1980: Burn This - Helen McCloy
1981: Death in a Tenured Position - Amanda Cross
1982: Past, Present and Murder - Hugh Pentecost
1983: The Anodyne Necklace - Martha Grimes
1984: Emily Dickinson is Dead - Jane Langton
1985: Sleeping Dog - Dick Lochte
1986: Murder in E Minor - Robert Goldsborough
1987: The Corpse in Oozak's Pone - Charlotte MacLeod
1988: No award given
1989: No award given