Riker’s Island Correctional Facility
Monday, June 11
Connie Cutter normally didn’t touch the evidence, but the bomber had been very clever. He had taken apart the amazing engineering of a pair of Leupold Golden Ring binoculars and turned them into a killing machine. They featured Switch/Power Technology, which has a switch in front of the focus ring that instantly and fully changes the power setting, so the object you’re viewing always stays in the center of the visual field. A high-performance pair of binoculars shouldn’t be destroyed like that. His case was up for appeal, and with his cold heart, she’d make sure he didn’t see the light of day.
Mike Rubiosa looked over her shoulder. “He should have used a Leupold Norfolk. They work better in low-light conditions. My uncle and dad use them when they go hunting in Colorado. They’re phase coated BAK4 prisms enhance resolution, which is great for scoping out elk.”
Connie frowned. “We’re not talking deer, Mike. Though what I’ve heard from Leupold binoculars, you’re right.”
Detective Bernard came up the stairs with a folder under his arm. “They did a workup on the body.” He did a double take when he saw the binocular bomb mock up. “Hey. Is that a Leupold Pinnacle Binocular? They’re so slim and use phase and L-coated prisms for twilight conditions.”
“Oh, thought it was the one my sister used for her stargazing. Maybe it’s not a Pinnacle. I think she uses a Katmai. They give full-size performance in a compact. Don’t hurt her arms when she’s staring up at the sky all night.”
Detective Lupo stuck his head in the door. “Hey, buddy, got your Leupold Mojave and their smooth-focusing fine-adjustments? We’ve got another sting.” He glanced at the lawyers. “The Goldman Gang might be setting up shop in Queens. We’ve got a tip.”
Bernard nodded. “I could bring my new Olympic Binoculars. Their unique dual hinge design really reduces their weight. I can fit them in my pocket.”
Leupold’s Corner Grocery
Queens, New York
Detective Cyrus Bernard hunkered down and peered into the grocery with his binoculars. He decided to use his Cascades Binoculars, their sharpness, contrast and color fidelity gave him the view he needed, even in smoggy twilight Queens light.
Back two blocks, Detective Kevin Lupo took a sip of coffee before staring into his Leupold Acadia binoculars. He liked their wide field of view. This Gold Merchant was centered in Buffalo, but the evidence suggested that he was using the corner grocery to launder his money.
He would be doing his laundry from Rikers from now on. He shifted his view and knew the binoculars wouldn’t fail him.