BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE Ben Mezrich (Free Press, $24) Kevin Spacey’s production company is attached to the true tale of ”six M.I.T. students who took Vegas for millions.” Maybe the kids can help with financing.

BIG IF Mark Costello (Norton, $24.95) A female Secret Service agent keeps an eye on the vice prez in a lauded recent novel; now Columbia has optioned her story.

THE BIG BOUNCE Elmore Leonard (To be reprinted next year) That likable rogue Owen Wilson will rock this remake of an old Elmore, first filmed with Ryan O’Neal.