Kindle SciFi Daily Deal for Dec 17, 2012: Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky & Boris Strugatsky for $2.99
From the description:
"Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who are compelled, in spite of extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that the alien visitors left scattered around. His life is dominated by the place and the thriving black market in the alien products. But when he and his friend Kirill go into the Zone together to pick up a “full empty,” something goes wrong. And the news he gets from his girlfriend upon his return makes it inevitable that he’ll keep going back to the Zone, again and again, until he finds the answer to all his problems."
Originally published in Russia in 1972 and out of print for 30 years prior to this publicaiton. 4.4 stars on 29 reviews, and only one negative input. A bit short (226 pages) this is also a buck more than usual. WhisperSync for voice enabled