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The inside scoop on the book world

True-life crime books, like ''For the Sins of My Father,'' made the news March 24, 2000

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Whoever said crime doesn’t pay never had a book contract, if three new deals are any indication. First, Grove/Atlantic has signed Philadelphia Inquirer journalist Mark Bowden to write a detailed story about the late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. ”It’s a fantastic story and it’s never been told,” says Grove/Atlantic publisher Morgan Entrekin. Meanwhile, HarperCollins has made a six-figure deal with Antoine Clark, whose self-distributed magazine F.E.D.S. — Finally Every Dimension of the Streets — has developed a cult following for its inside look at gangsta life. The book will include Clark’s profile of former heroin kingpin Leroy ”Nicky” Barnes and his interviews with the Bloods and Crips. ”He sheds light on a subculture nobody really knows about…and he does it to shock people [into realizing] what crime does to families,” says HarperCollins senior editor Josh Behar. Speaking of families, Albert DeMeo, son of Mafia hitman Roy DeMeo, has reached a mid-six-figure agreement with Broadway Books to tell what it’s like to grow up in the Mob — and then leave it behind. ”My father lived that life, and realized I was walking into that life, and he didn’t want [it] for me,” says DeMeo. For the Sins of My Father will be out in 2001.