I Spy: The Constantinople Caper by Graham Marks

I Spy: The Constantinople Caper

Written by Graham Marks

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An absolutely gripping spy adventure packed full of mystery, intrigue and high paced drama. It combines the action-packed exploits of Alex Rider, with the historical advnetures of Young Indiana Jones, in a classic story of one boy's fight to find his father.

Trey is off on the Orient Express to take a tour of Europe with his father. Even before the train has left the Gare de Lyon, Trey has a strong feeling that he is being watched… Should he behave like Trent ‘Pistol’ Gripp, his favourite fictional character, and confront the man. Soon Trey has to take brave decisions of his own – when he finds himself on the run in very dangerous circumstances.

Talking about his new book Graham says: I Spy gets its inspiration from a number of places, not least is just the idea of Constantinople; it was so exotic and seemed to exemplify the whole spy genre. And that’s why the book is set in 1927, because Constantinople’s name was changed to Istanbul in 1930.’ Graham travelled to Istanbul to research the book: ‘a lot of the city hadn’t changed much since the time when the story takes place. I came back with a head full of history, and an imagination totally fired up and ready to go.’ Graham also acknowledged a debt to the pulp fiction era which he loves ‐ John Buchan stories, Erskine Childers’ ‘Riddle of the Sands’, tales by Anthony Hope and Eric Ambler – the fantastic covers and rip‐snorting storytelling. ‘I see I Spy as a roaring homage to all of this’ Marks said.


I Spy: The Constantinople Caper by Graham Marks

Trey is thrilled to be accompanying his father, influential Chicago businessman T. Drummond MacIntyre II, on a trip to Constantinople. Armed with a suitcase packed full of his favorite tales of super-sleuths and daring detectives, Trey can't wait for his holiday to begin. So imagine his excitement when, as father and son board the Orient Express, Trey thinks they are being followed by a mysterious stranger. Surely Trey's been reading one too many spy capers? However, as they make the journey across Europe, Trey's father appears distant and evasive. Is he simply busy with work, or is something more untoward happening? When T. Drummond MacIntyre II goes missing, Trey is plunged into the secretive and dangerous world of 1920s espionage, trawling the chaotic streets of Constantinople in search of his father's whereabouts. But while Trey has always dreamed about being a spy, nothing can prepare him for the breathtaking escapades that await him in this exotic and enticing city - Combining the action-packed exploits of Alex Rider, with the historical adventures of Young Indiana Jones, I Spy is a gripping story of one boy's fight to find his father.


“Graham Marks just gets better and better with every book he writes." - Melvin Burgess

“Graham Marks’ racy prose barely lets the reader draw breath.” - Meg Rosoff

About the Author

Graham Marks

Graham Marks was our Guest Editor in August 2010. Click here to see his selections.

Graham Marks spent the first six years of his life following his father, an RAF pilot, between postings. He was sent to boarding school at the age of 13, and then went to Harrow School of Art to study Information Graphics. He has written a number of teen novels for Bloomsbury including Zoo and Tokyo, as well as books for Usbourne, including I Spy: The Constantinople Caper.

Graham worked as a graphic designer before becoming a full‐time children’s author. As well as being the former Children’s Editor of Publishing News, Graham has written everything from comic strips and film tie‐ins to many critically‐acclaimed novels for children and young adults. Graham lives in Muswell Hill, North London.

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288 pages


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Usborne Publishing Ltd

Publication date

28th August 2009




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