The "Nero" is an annual award presented to an author for literary excellence in the mystery genre. 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 finalists are:
GLASS HOUSES Jane Haddam, St. Martins Minotaur
BURNT HOUSES Faye Kellerman, Harper
IN THIS RAIN S. J. Rozan, Delta
ANATOMY OF FEAR Jonathan Santlofer, Harper
IN SECRET SERVICE Mitch Silver, Pocket Star