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Mean Streets - The Chicago Caper
by Graham Marks
Trey’s dreams of becoming a hot-shot detective – like his hero, Trent “Pistol” Gripp from Black Ace magazine – look like they might be coming true. The mysterious “accidents” and late-night phone calls at his Gramps’s ranch in Kansas certainly needs investigating. But then school starts and it looks like case closed. But little does Trey know that his vacation snapshots have caught on film a top-secret plot. Like every good Private Investigator, trouble seems to follow Trey wherever he goes… and this time it’s tailing him all the way home to Chicago – and onto the city’s meanest streets.
“Fast paced, high energy adventure full of great plot twists and well rounded characters.”
“The perfect balance between gripping action, suspense and good-old fashioned detective work.”
The Lancashire Evening Post
Graham Marks had his first collection of poetry published while he was at art school, studying graphic design. After a successful career as an art director he decided it was time for a change and now works as a journalist and author. He has written everything from comic strips and film tie-ins to advertising copy and novels, and he has most recently been highly acclaimed for his Young Adult books.
Graham is married to fellow journalist and author Nadia Marks and lives in London with his two sons and a cat called Boots.
Visit www.marksworks.co.uk to find out more.
Combining the action-packed exploits of Alex Rider with the historical adventures of a Young Indiana Jones, Mean Streets is a gripping story of conspiracy and kidnap.
Fast paced, high energy adventure full of great plot twists and well rounded characters.
I flew through the story in a single sitting - this is most definitely a book for 9+ boys who enjoy action and adventure stories. It has shoot-outs, kidnappings and gritty detective work, and its setting, based on the real events that happened in 1920s Chicago, makes it even more enjoyable. I'm sure that I will not be the only 'boy' who has a desire to find out more about this fascinating period once the book is finished.
The Book Zone
Quick-thinking, trouble-shooting Trey is the creation of top children’s author Marks who can’t put a foot wrong when it comes to spellbinding children’s stories. And Trey is one of his most imaginative heroes yet; a likeable, courageous, ambitious and determined investigator who adds lashings of fun to his dangerous escapades. Mean Streets is the perfect balance between gripping action, suspense and good-old fashioned detective work – superb reading for girls and boys aged nine and over.
The Lancashire Evening Post
An action-packed and gripping story... Graham Marks is an excellent storyteller. His plots are fast, engaging and fun... Excellent for readers (especially boys) over 10.
School Librarian Journal
This book is brilliant. When you read it, it’s like television in your head… I’d rate it 5/5.
Aine, aged 11, reviewing for The Evening Echo
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