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The 2014 Nero Award Finalists

Rex Stout, author of the Nero Wolfe series, in 1973
Rex Stout, author of the Nero Wolfe series, in 1973
Publicity photograph of Rex Stout, author of the Nero Wolfe novel A Family Affair, issued by the Viking Press with review copies of the novel to promote its release September 8, 1975.

The Nero Award is presented annually by The Wolfe Pack for the best American Mystery written in the tradition of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe stories.

The Wolfe Pack, founded in 1977, is a forum to discuss, explore, and enjoy the 72 Nero Wolfe books and novellas written by Rex Stout. The organization promotes fellowship and extends friendship to those who enjoy these great literary works of mystery through a series of events, book discussions, and a journal devoted to the study of the genius detective, Nero Wolfe, and his intrepid assistant, Archie Goodwin. The organization has more than 500 members worldwide.

To be eligible for an award, the book must be written in the tradition of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe stories. They must be first published in the year preceding the award year and they must be originally published in the United States. Previous winners of the award include: Fred Harris, Martha Grimes, Brad Parks, Louise Penny, Laura Lippman, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Walter Mosley, Linda Fairstein and Sharyn McCrumb.

The award is presented at the Black Orchid Banquet, named for Wolfe’s prized black orchids. The Banquet is traditionally held on the first Saturday in December in New York City, in honor of Rex Stout’s birthday December 1. This year the banquet will be on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

The 2014 finalists include:

Ask Not, Max Allan Collins, Tor & Forge Books

Three Can Keep a Secret, Archer Mayor, St. Martins Press

Murder as a Fine Art, David Morrell, Little, Brown & Company

A Study in Revenge, Kieran Shields, Crown Publishing Group

A Question of Honor, Charles Todd, William Morrow/Harper Collins


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