The Nero Wolfe Award for the best American mystery novel for 2016 goes to David C. Taylor for Night Life, the first novel in a series of historical mysteries set in New York City in 1954. You can learn more about the winner by clicking here. The Nero is presented each year by the Wolfe Pack to a novel written in the tradition of Rex Stout's stories about Nero Wolfe, and it must have been published originally in the United States during the year preceding the award - 2015, in this case.
Also announced this evening: the winner of the Black Orchid Novella Award, or BONA, which this year goes to author Steve Liskow for his novella, "Look What They've Done to My Song, Ma." He's the first author ever to win the BONA a second time; his first win came in 2009. This year's winner will be published in a forthcoming issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, which co-sponsos the award with the Wolfe Pack, the New York - based association of fans of Rex Stout and Nero Wolfe.
Both awards were presented at the Wolfe Pack's annual Black Orchid Banquet, held each year to honor the birth anniversary of Rex Stout. Congratulations to both winners!