Just finished Stalking the Beast by my friend Howard Andrew Jones. Robbed me of sleep again last night, but I had to finish. He is skilled at well-drawn characters, and the plot unfolds from their motivations, not vice versa.
I’d recommend any of Jones’ books, but in particular his debut novel Desert of Souls which draws the reader into a fascinating mythical Middle East background.

Stalking the Beast 

Desert of Souls