Unhappy Campers 

This month's mini-plugs include Hamlet redux and a Palestinian thriller.

In Robert Wilson's complex thriller The Hidden Assassins (Harcourt, $25), a bomb destroys a Seville apartment block amid clues resembling those found around the 2004 Madrid train bombings. ... A little like Hamlet with hormones, Matt Haig's novel The Dead Fathers Club (Viking, $23.95) is told in the astoundingly authentic voice of an eleven-year-old boy: His dad's ghost may or may not be instructing him to murder his uncle. ... Robin Odell and Wilfred Gregg dole out beaucoup blood for your buck in Murderers' Row (Sutton, $16.95), an international alphabetical omnibus with 500-plus thumbnails: from homicidal nurse Beverley Allitt to furniture salesman William Ziegler. ... Set largely in a slave-labor camp above the Arctic Circle, Martin Amis' novel House of Meetings (Knopf, $23) enfolds a love triangle in which the triangle is brutally scalene. I trust, my dear, that you have a dictionary nearby? When his former student is arrested for murder by Palestinian authorities and slated for execution, history teacher Omar Yussef seeks the truth in Matt Beynon Rees' The Collaborator of Bethlehem (Soho, $22).

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