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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.
2000: Coyote Revenge - Fred Harris
2001: Sugar House - Laura Lippman
2002: The Deadhouse - Linda Fairstein
2003: Winter and Night - S.J. Rozan
2004: Fear Itself - Walter Mosley
2005: The Enemy - Lee Child
2006: Vanish - Tess Gerritsen
2007: All Mortal Flesh - Julia Spencer-Fleming
2008: Anatomy of Fear - Jonathan Santlofer
2009: not yet available