Thrillers, romance, sci-fi, fantasy and a children’s book are all on tap in this week’s Best of Indie – the top digital book bargains and great reads on Amazon.
But the most interesting title may be the re-release of Walker Percy’s “The Moviegoer,” winner of the 1962 National Book Award and one of Time magazine’s 100 Best English-Language Novels of all time.
All titles range in price from free to $1.20. And our Indie Film of the Week is the latest entry from a Palme d’Or winner.
This week’s top curated picks:
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Free on Kindle for a limited time ($9.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
Las Vegas Crime
By Leslie Wolfe
Italics Publishing (a boutique publisher)
Crime fiction: When his own teenage daughter is kidnapped, Las Vegas police detective Jack Holt and his partner, Laura Baxter, conduct a rogue effort to bring her home alive. The latest winner from Leslie Wolfe, a writer who “keeps readers turning the pages” (Kirkus Reviews).
99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($12.20 hardcover, $14.95 audiobook)
Seconds to Midnight (A Donovan Nash Thriller)
By Philip Donlay
Oceanview Publishing (an independent publishing house)
Thriller: This seventh book in the Donovan Nash series was named one of Suspense Magazine’s best books of 2017. Nash and company get dragged into a maelstrom of nonstop action in frigid northern Canada as the clock ticks toward a possible Armageddon.
Top ebook deals of the week
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
Seaside Summers: Books 1–3
By Melissa Foster
World Literary Press (the author’s imprint)
#1 Free in the Kindle Store
Romance: In a charming town on the New England coast, three friends connect with men who will change their lives forever. A USA Today bestselling author presents a heartwarming trio of romances in this box set.
$1.20 on Kindle for a limited time ($10.87 paperback, $7.99 audiobook)
The Moviegoer: A Novel
By Walker Percy
Publisher: Open Road Media (a boutique publisher)
Literary fiction: Winner of the 1962 National Book Award and one of Time magazine’s 100 Best English-Language Novels, “The Moviegoer” is an American masterpiece and a classic of Southern literature. Insightful, romantic, and humorous, it is the story of a young man’s search for meaning amid a shallow consumerist landscape. I read it in my youth and just repurchased at this special price.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($14.95 print)
By Teyla Branton
Publisher: White Star Press (a small publisher)
#1 in Dark Fantasy Horror in the Kindle Store
Fantasy: When a genetic fluke gives Erin special powers, she finds herself caught between warring factions — and targeted by a deadly secret society. Publishers Weekly says this first entry in the Unbounded series has “twists and turns to keep the reader turning pages.”
99 cents until Sunday at midnight ($8.99 print)
Impact Event (Dargo Pearce Chronicles Book 1)
By David N. Frank
Science fiction: The galaxy is thrown into chaos after a terrorist attack destroys an entire Confederation colony. As top Agent Dargo Pearce investigates, he uncovers betrayals and schemes that end up with him on the run as the most wanted man in human space.
99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($4.95 print)
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up?
By Bill Martin, Jr., Laura J. Bryant, and Michael Sampson
Two Lions (Amazon imprint)
Children’s picture book: From the bestselling author of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” comes a “playful, light, and absolutely adorable” picture book (School Library Journal): Kitty Cat must wake up and get ready for the day ahead — but she finds herself distracted at every turn.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($10.49 print)
Never the Bride
By Charlotte Fallowfield
Romance: Abbie Carter has been a loyal bridesmaid more times than she would like to admit — and longs to have a happily ever after of her own. After she encounters a gorgeous usher during a quaint country wedding, will unlucky-in-love Abbie finally tie the knot? A heartwarming, funny treat.
99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($13.49 print)
The 5-Ingredient Dutch Oven Cookbook
By Lisa Grant
Publisher: Rockridge Press (an indie publishing house)
Cookbook: A Dutch oven is perfect for simple one-pot meals! This collection of more than 100 recipes shows how effortless it can be to prepare flavor-packed homemade dishes using just five everyday ingredients.
99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($7.99 print)
Thou Shall Kill
By John Dean
Publisher: The Book Folks (an indie publishing house)
Crime fiction: A man is found dead, brutally crucified. Who has committed this cruel act? A local evangelist group falls quickly under suspicion. But is targeting the faithful too easy an option? Veteran crime solver Jack Harris and his team must act fast to crack the case and solve the mystery.
Indie Film Watch
A scene from “The Wild Pear Tree” (2019).
The Wild Pear Tree
An unpublished writer returns to his hometown after graduating, where he seeks sponsors to publish his book while dealing with his father’s deteriorating indulgence into gambling. Filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan, a Palme d’Or winner, returned to Cannes with this sprawling family drama that won wide acclaim. IndieWire calls the film “perceptive and profound.”
Coming to streaming and DVD services.