Matthew James Acquires M.M. Bailey’s Feminist Gangland Thriller ‘Pandora’s War’

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Matthew James Publishing is thrilled to announce the acquisition of a new female-ed gangland thriller ‘Pandora’s War’ from author M.M. Bailey. The book was acquired by publisher James Shaw following a round of open submissions. Pandora’s War’ is set for release in November 2024.

‘Pandora’s War’ follows an underworld figure hell-bent on rescuing vulnerable women from deadly situations. Far from a saint herself, yet operating with vigilante-like intentions, Pandora works from the inside to put a stop to abuse and trafficking within criminal gangs. 

This novel marks the first time M.M. Bailey has stepped into the world of adult fiction. “It was quite scary leaping into the world of adult writing but strangely freeing at the same time,” Bailey adds. “I felt I could push myself and my writing so much further and have fun writing something much darker than I’d been able to before.”

“It’s so refreshing to read a thriller like this, one that doesn’t pull any punches, with a female lead,” says publisher James Shaw. “Pandora’s story is dark and brutal, but Pandora herself has a lot of heart and that shines through in M.M. Bailey’s writing”.

About ‘Pandora’s War’

In a world dominated by men, one woman is determined to take back power. 

Pandora is a shadowy figure in the criminal underworld who manipulates gang rivalries to rescue women from abuse and trafficking, all while concealing her true identity and staying under the radar. But, when a rescue mission goes awry she is forced to form an uneasy alliance with gang leader Miles Wyatt to save those dear to them both from the clutches of a fearsome enemy, Joey Siegel. With Pandora forced into a dangerous game that might bring her entire plan crashing down, can she truly trust those around her and could there be a greater threat hiding just around the corner? 

In a high-stakes world of gangsters and betrayal, Pandora must fight to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

The writing process behind ‘Pandora’s War’ was driven by a desire from the author to see better female representation within the genre.  “I wanted to see a strong and bold main female character who was willing to do anything to reach her goal,” says M.M. Bailey. “Pandora has had a brutal past, but that made her into the strong woman she is. Her experiences shaped her to want to destroy everything that had caused her and others like her so much pain and misery.”

‘Pandora’s War’ represents a further expansion of the Matthew James catalogue, as the imprint focuses its efforts on quality genre fiction. The book will be published in November 2024.

About M.M. Bailey

M.M Bailey is a writer who loves to play with fire. With over 10 years of experience in other genres, she has finally jumped into the world of adult fiction and she’s ready to explore the darkness you’re all craving.

About Matthew James Publishing

Matthew James Publishing is an imprint of Andrews UK. Matthew James Publishing focuses on high-quality contemporary fiction and popular non-fiction books.

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