Although his father was a Mafia
hitman, Lou Eppolito chose the uniform of the NYPD; and, became one of its most decorated cops. Eppolito’s
father, “Ralph Fat” Eppolito, was a Mafia hit-man. But, even Lou’s sterling record could not protect him
when police brass decided to take him down. Lou Eppolito’s book, Mafia Cop, tells the story
of the destruction of a good cop by his own police department. Although Lou Eppolito would be completely exonerated of charges
of passing secrets to the mafia, he didn't stand a chance of regaining his dignity and his pride.
According to the book description of Mafia
Cop, “He was one of the most decorated cops in the history of NYPD. From his "wiseguy" relatives,
he learned the meaning of honor and loyalty. From his fellow cops, he learned the meaning of betrayal. His father, Ralph "Fat
the Gangster" Eppolito, was stone-cold Mafia hit-man. Lou Eppolito, however, chose to live by different code; he chose
the uniform of NYPD. And he was one of the best -- a good, tough, honest cop down the line. Butu even his sterling record,
his headline-making heroism, couldn't protect him when the police brass decided to take him down. Although completely
exonerated of charges that he had passed secrets to the mob, Lou didn't stand a chance. They had taken something from
him they couldn't give back: his dignity and his pride.
Now, here's the powerful story, told in Lou Eppolito's own
words, of the bloody Mafia hit that claimed his uncle and cousin...of his middle-of-the-night meeting with "Boss of Bosses"
Paul Castellano...of one good cop who survived eight shootouts and saved hundreds of victims, who was persecuted, prosecuted,
and ultimately betrayed by his own department. Full of hard drama and gritty truth, Mafia Cop gives a vivid, inside look at
life in the Family, on the force, and on the mean streets of New York.”