Crime Fiction Awards Updates

Here is another trio of crime fiction awards whose winners were revealed during December 2020.

WOLFE PACK

The winners of the  2020 Nero and Black Orchid Novella Awards were announced December 5. This is a crime fiction award given out by a Nero Wolfe fan group called The Wolfe Pack.

2020 NERO AWARD

The Nero Award is presented each year to an author for the best American Mystery written in the tradition of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe stories.

  • David Baldacci for One Good Deed (Hatchette Book Group, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing).

2020 BLACK ORCHID NOVELLA AWARD

The Black Orchid Novella Award is presented jointly by The Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine to celebrate the novella format popularized by Rex Stout.

  • Tom Larsen for El Cuerpo en el Barril (The Body in the Barrel) to be published in the July 2021 issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

THE REPRINT OF THE YEAR AWARD

A group of crime fiction bloggers picked the 2020 winner of the Reprint of the Year Award:

  • The Red Right Hand by Joel Townsley Rodgers (Otto Penzler Presents American Mystery Classics)

DEUTSCHER KRIMIPREIS 2020

The German crime fiction award Deutscher Krimipreis 2020 winners and runners up have been announced. Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the title translations.

National (i.e. for German books):

Winner: Paradise City by Zoe Beck, a thriller set in a dystopian future and therefore also SF

2nd place: Morduntersuchungskommission. Der Fall Melchior Nikoleit (Homicide Department: The Melchior Nikoleit Case) by Max Annas

3rd place: Verdammte Liebe Amsterdam (Damned Love Amsterdam) by Frank Göhre

International

Winner: Götter und Tiere (Gods and Beasts) by Denise Mina

2nd place: Hope Hill Drive by Garry Disher

3rd Place: Aufzeichnungen eines Serienmörders (Memoir of a Murderer) by Young-ha Kim

[Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the stories.]

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