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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.
1990: No award given
1991: Coyote Waits - Tony Hillerman
1992: A Scandal in Belgravia - Robert Barnard
1993: Book to Die - John Dunning
1994: Old Scores - Aaron Elkins
1995: She Walks These Hills - Sharyn McCrumb
1996: A Monstrous Regiment of Women - Laurie B. King
1997: The Poet - Michael Connelly
1998: Sacred - Dennis Lehane
199: The Bone Collector - Jeffery Deaver