David C. Taylor, a former film and TV screenwriter, was presented this last weekend with the 2016 Nero Award for his 1950s-set cop thriller, Night Life (2015). The Nero is presented annually by the New York City-based Nero Wolfe fan organization, The Wolfe Pack, to “the best American mystery written in the tradition of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe stories.” Previous recipients of this commendation include David Morrell, Dana Stabenow, Walter Mosley, and Chris Knopf.
Taylor was given his prize during the annual Black Orchid Banquet, held in Manhattan. During that same gala affair, Connecticut author Steve Liskow was honored with the 2016 Black Orchid Novella Award (“presented jointly by The Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine to celebrate the novella format popularized by Rex Stout”) for his tale “Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma.”
Congratulations to both authors!
(Hat tip to Mystery Fanfare.)