Creative Buzz: June 2006

New York Times best-seller William Lashner is a local lad, and his new thriller, Marked Man, has shady Philly attorney Victor Carl chasing exotic dancers and a stolen Rembrandt (William Morrow; $24.95). … Temple grad and former West Philly street kid Miasha—just Miasha—explores the seamy underside of our town’s club scene in her debut novel, Secret Society (Touchstone; $12). … Wallingford’s Ed Ruggero, an ex-Army infantry officer, tells the story of the 82nd Airborne’s D-Day heroics in The First Men In (HarperCollins; $26.95). … Daily News contributor William C. Kashatus profiles Charles Albert Bender, a pioneering Chippewa pitcher and coach for the Philadelphia Athletics, in Money Pitcher: Chief Bender and the Tragedy of Indian Assimilation (Penn State Press; $35).