Eppolito grew up in a mob family in Brooklyn, where his father taught him to be tough, to show respect, and to hate cops. When Lou matured, his natural love of adventure and his distaste for the Mafia led him to join the New York Police Department. He soon became a legend, often decorated, and known for his free-wheeling approach to law enforcement. He maintained distant relations with his extended family, shying away from close ties that could taint his reputation. Yet he finally found himself facing suspension and possible arrest on (trumped-up, he claimed) charges that tied him to the mob. This as-told-to story relates Eppolito's childhood, early years in the department, efforts to clear his name, and post-cop life, including his fledgling career as an actor. This book bristles with street language and conveys a colorful and convincing personality. Eppolito can sound self-serving at times (he paints himself as something of a Robin Hood), but on the whole this is a successful and unique blend of cop and organized crime literature. For general collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/92.-- Ben Harrison, East Orange P.L., N.J.