I always find it odd when the Nero Award goes to a book that is not a PI novel; this one's a cop novel. The description says "written in the tradition of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe stories." I will admit to having no idea what that means (for example, how does Tony Hillerman's Coyote Waits fit? It won in 1991; it's a terrific book; I like it a lot.). Maybe half of the Neros are for PI novels...most of them are (so far as I know) pretty good books, though.
I think it's been that way almost since the beginning, Don. I guess it's okay to give the award to well-written books, but very few of the winners have seemed even vaguely related to Stout (at least to me).
Well, I bought the book, so we'll see...Wish the novellas were easier to get at. Maybe someone should publish a set of books collecting the. There are 10 of them as of this year, only one of which has been anthologized (the 2008 winner).
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