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An eclectic, fresh voice in international literature

Based in the eternal city of Rome, I write upmarket international thrillers and literary fiction with a focus on niche international stories that breach cultural taboos and provoke dialogue on sensitive issues. My debut novel, Terminal Rage, was described by Publishers Weekly as “dizzying, intricate, and entertaining.” Booklist awarded it the much-coveted starred review, while Foreword magazine gave it a glowing five stars, noting that “Khalifa manages to pull off something that is often difficult to do in the thriller genre—he keeps the novel unpredictable and lays out a plot so twisted that the puzzle picture morphs as more pieces are added.”

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Some stories have to be read to be believed

Every character I paint is inevitably based on a real person I’ve come across in real life, or composites of more than one person. Sometimes that person is me. More often it is not. With very few exceptions, I never write about a place unless I’ve been there myself. Which means I end up going on some of the most unexpected jaunts just for research, with my beloved black Moleskine notepad in hand. Places are like characters in a story, the pillars of authenticity. And readers are almost always smarter than writers. They can see straight through us if we’re making stuff up. And these days, more than ever, readers demand and deserve the truth. Because if they wanted to hear fabricates stories, all they have to do is listen to their politicians open their mouths.

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