Once a Man Indulges

Fast-paced detective story. Murder. Deceit. Love. How far will one man go to be true to himself?

5 Star"An exhilarating and fun read!" — Amazon Review

Haunted by experiences he had as a Marine Corps fighter pilot, a persistent injury and a litany of self-doubt, Harry Thorpe is making ends meet as a private detective in 1949 Denver, specializing in cases that typically involve stolen goods and cheating spouses. All that changes when the Mighty Marquand, a national hero and Harry’s overbearing flying mentor, shows up and slaps a crisp thousand dollar bill on the desk. Marquand needs Harry to get at the source of some threatening letters – at any cost.

At every turn and twist, Harry finds he must juggle his loyalty to the imperious Marquand with his own better judgement, while also balancing a tenuous friendship with a persistent cop named Greenberg. When the investigation thrusts Harry into the underworld, he is confronted by Johnny Two-Nose, an explosive mob enforcer who vies to steer every step ahead. Harry must make a series of decisions that leave him reeling as he encounters unpredictable mobsters, secretive Nazi sympathizers and a woman he wants to love, but is not sure he can trust.

This spiraling detective noir explores addiction and post-traumatic stress through the eyes of a man as he comes to terms with love, loyalty and deceit. It raises the question; how far will one man go to be true to himself?

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"Kelsey proves to be a sharp storyteller, layering his narrative with suspense and romance and rounding out his characters with vivid traits and enough backstory to make them feel fully formed." — Kirkus Reviews (read entire review)

"This is a noir thriller like few others, pushing beyond the two-dimensional stereotypes of that oft-dusty genre to deliver a thought-provoking tale that seems both nostalgic and contemporary." — Self-Publishing Review (read entire review)

"Packed with intriguing characters and jaw-dropping crimes, Once A Man Indulges is a piece so realistic you'll be able to taste the cigarettes and black coffee." — Indies Today (read entire review)

"I would not hesitate to recommend this novel to fans of well-written and immersive mysteries, and fans of hardboiled detective stories." — Readers' Favorite (read entire review)


5 Star"Super catchy read and I could see it being a blockbuster movie!"
5 Star"Highly entertaining with twists and turns and an unpredictable finish."
5 Star "One of those books that you can't put down but you don't want to finish."
5 Star "Outstanding read. Kelsey has a strong writing style that is polished, clear and compelling."
5 Star "Excellent writing, superb character and world-building ... I loved this book! "

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The Bottomless Pit



Coming Soon...

The Bottomless Pit

A Harry Thorpe Sequel to Once A Man Indulges

While hiding out in a small Colorado mountain town from mobsters and a past littered with unspeakable acts, private detective Harry Thorpe reluctantly agrees to take on a simple probate case. He quickly discovers that Mabel Dennison, the powerful attorney who hired him, has questionable motives and links to the very entanglements he is trying to escape. As Harry grapples with the predicament and his own intentions, he uncovers a host of mysterious undercurrents that unexpectedly throw him into a mix of greed and murder. Can he trust the kinship he feels with fellow veteran Del O'Sullivan, who could be the source to unraveling the town's secrets, but can't shake the horror of the dead German in his trench? Or, does Harry ally himself with Sheriff Joe Charboneau, who doesn't always play by the rule of law? When Leah, a beguiling bartender at the town's only watering hole appears to be at the center of everything, Harry must steel himself to her allure in order to get at the truth and get away unscathed.

The Most Dangerous Plaything



Coming 2023...

The Most Dangerous Plaything

A Harry Thorpe Prequel to Once A Man Indulges

It’s 1944, and while recovering from injuries sustained from being shot down in the Pacific, Marine Corps Captain Harry Thorpe finds himself attached to the Los Angeles JAG office. Despite having no experience other than two years of law school, he's been made a criminal investigator. What was supposed to be a routine assignment in the waning days of the war, is turned upside down by a seemingly random murder. As he digs deeper and deeper, Harry finds himself lost in a sinister Hollywood underworld and propelled down a trail of monstrous crimes involving young women.

Tony KelseyAbout Tony

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Tony Kelsey is Vice President of Marketing for Pactimo, a premier cycling apparel brand headquartered in Denver, Colorado. He's the recipient of several awards for UI design and was VP of Global Creative for an international, $1B I.T. consultancy where he oversaw web and brand strategy. Prior to that, Tony served 12-years in the US Marine Corps as a combat air controller, attending the prestigious Navy Fighter Weapons School (aka TOP GUN). He is a summa cum laude graduate in political science and history from the University of Colorado. In addition to his love for cycling and traveling the world with his wife Julie, he is currently working on his next novel.

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