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NERO WOLFE AWARD FOR BEST "FAIR-PLAY" MYSTERY NOVEL


Presented annually for the novel that best captures the spirit and fair-play aspects of the Nero Wolfe novels. The award is presented at the Black Orchid Banquet, which is traditionally held on the first Saturday in December in New York City.

Though Not Dead / A Kate Shugak Novel

Dana Stabenow 2012
Dead Anyway

Chris Knopf 2012
Bury Your Dead

Louise Penny Chief Inspector Gamache 2011
FACES OF THE GONE

Brad Parks 2010
The Tenth Case

Joseph Teller 2009
ANATOMY OF FEAR

Jonathan Santlofer 2008
All Mortal Flesh

Julia Spencerfleming 2007
Vanish

Tess Gerritsen Rizzoli/Isles series novels 2005
The Enemy

Lee Child novels 2004
Fear Itself

Walter Mosley 2004
Winter And Night

S. J. Rozan 2003
The Deadhouse

Linda Fairstein 2002
Sugar House

Laura Lippman Tess Monaghan 2001
Coyote Revenge

Fred Harris 2000
The Bone Collector

Jeffery Deaver Lincoln Rhyme novels 1997
Sacred

Dennis Lehane The Kenzie-Gennaro novels novels 1997
The Poet

Michael Connelly Jack McEvoy series novels 1996
A Monstrous Regiment Of Women

Laurie King 1996
She Walks These Hills

Sharyn McCrumb Spencer Arrowood, Appalachian sheriff novels 1994
Old Scores

Aaron Elkins Chris Norgren novel 1994
Booked To Die

John Dunning 1992
A Scandel In Belgravia

Robert Barnard 1992
Coyote Waits

Tony Hillerman Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn novel 1990
The Corpse In Oozaks Pond

Charlotte MacLeod 1987
Murder In E Minor

Robert Goldsborough 1986
Sleeping Dog

Dick Lochte 1985
Emily Dickinson Is Dead

Jane Langton 1984
The Anodyne Necklace

Martha Grimes Richard Jury novels 1983
Past Present And Murder

Hugh Pentecost 1982
Death In A Tenured Position

Amanda Cross 1981
Burn This

Helen McCloy 1980
The Burgar Who Liked To Quote Kipling

Lawrence Block 1979
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