The career of journalist, author, screenwriter and fledgling producer Nicholas Pileggi gives lie to the adage that "crime does not pay. " The New York City native has devoted himself to covering crime, criminals and law enforcement ever since 1956 when he was promoted from "go-fer" to reporter at the Associated Press. Assigned to the Police Headquarters, Pileggi began cultivating the connections that would serve him well for decades. He became the "crime expert" for NEW YORK magazine in 1968 and was still serving in this capacity in 1986 when he wrote "Wiseguy," an acclaimed nonfiction account of the lives of low-level organized crime figures. Pileggi procured tales of sometimes charismatic miscreants and their dark yet flashy deeds and sold them to the likes of ESQUIRE and LIFE before entering the movies at a very high level: co-writing "GoodFellas" (1990), the film adaptation of "Wiseguy," with lionized director Martin Scorsese. The pair earned healthy grosses, kudos and an Oscar nomination for their efforts.