“Velda Meets the Strangler”

By Ron Miller
Featuring Velda Bellinghausen
Holidays 2003

This being the holiday season and all, The Thrilling Detective Web Site is pleased to offer, as a small token of our appreciation for your support over the years, this 99-page “Better Little Book,” courtesy of the stupendously talented Ron Miller, and featuring Velda Bellinghausen, everyone’s favourite stripper-cum-private eye.

I really like this little lagniappe from Ron. He nails the whole “Big Little Book” vibe, right down to the typography and kitschy illustrations, tapping into the innocence and nostalgia of another era–which just happens to also be Velda’s era. And of course, despite the not-for-kids storyline, there’s a certain knowing innocence and nostalgia at work in “Velda Meets the Strangler” as well.

All you need to download and enjoy this holiday treat is to click on the cover above.
Of course, you may need Adobe Acrobat to read it, but if you don’t have it, it’s available to download for free.


Ron Miller is the author/illustrator of more than 30 books, including the 2002 Hugo Award-winning The Art of Chesley Bonestell. Most recently he received the American Institute of Physics Award for Excellence in Science Writing for his series of illustrated books about the solar system for young adults. He has also designed US postage stamps, worked as the production illustrator for several major SF motion pictures and had his artwork included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the Pushkin Museum and NASA. His five novels to date have included an historical fantasy based on a character from Orlando Furioso and a tetralogy of steam-punk fantasies. Velda, featuring stripper-turned-detective Velda Bellinghausen, is his first hard-boiled novel.

Copyright (c) 2003 by Ron Miller.


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