The "Nero" is an annual award presented to an author for literary excellence in the mystery genre, and is considered one of the premier awards granted to authors of crime fiction. The award is presented at the Black Orchid Banquet, which is traditionally held on the first Saturday in December in New York City.
This year, the nominees are:
* Ice Cold -- Tess Gerritsen -- Ballantine Books
* The Book of Spies -- Gayle Lynds -- St. Martin's Press
* Bury Your Dead -- Louise Penny -- Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Publishing Group
* The Midnight Show Murders -- Al Roker -- Delacorte
* Think of a Number -- John Verdon -- Crown
Congratulations to all the nominees !