Congratulations are due today to Brad Parks, author of Faces of the Gone (Minotaur), who has won the 2010 Nero Award. The Nero is given annually by The Wolfe Pack to “an author for the best mystery written in the tradition of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe stories.” Also contending for that prize were The Fleet Street Murders (Minotaur), by Charles Finch, and The Crack in the Lens (Minotaur), by Steve Hockensmith.
Parks was presented with his commendation last evening during the Black Orchid Banquet in New York City. At that same affair, writer Brad Crowther was given the Black Orchid Novella Award for his story, “Politics Make Dead Bedfellows,” which will soon be published by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
This has been a very good year for Virginia novelist Parks: Faces of the Gone previously won the 2010 Shamus Award for Best First Novel.
(Hat tip to Mystery Fanfare.)