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"Three Piece Suit, Part Three of Three": Catwoman tracks the Wooden Nickel to an unassuming office building. He drives up in a van for "Nickel Carpentry" ("Don't spend a dime when a nickel will do!"), and when he gets out, he drops a stack of photos from his surveillance of Cathy Whippes's apart



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Synopsis for "Three Piece Suit, Part Three of Three"

Catwoman tracks the Wooden Nickel to an unassuming office building. He drives up in a van for "Nickel Carpentry" ("Don't spend a dime when a nickel will do!"), and when he gets out, he drops a stack of photos from his surveillance of Cathy Whippes's apartment, including several of Sam Bradley. Sam's good looks inspire him to fix his appearance in the van's side mirror.

A sudden breeze inside the building distracts the Wooden Nickel from his self-repairs, and when he picks up the papers he sees on the floor, he finds a receipt for industrial nails. Said nails begin raining down on him and stud his wooden parts. Irritated, he demands his attacker step up and fight like a man. He speaks on this at length, not realizing Catwoman is perched behind him.

He notices that one of the nails has embedded a receipt for Fix-It Factory onto his arm made out to "Cathy Benjamins." Catwoman sends down another shower of nails, telling him it's about time he figured it out. She holds a nailgun to his face while the Wooden Nickel turns one of his arms into a circular saw. Catwoman riddles his saw-arm with nails and dodges his angry counter-attack.

She darts away, and he follows, breaking through a glass window only to find he's lost her. He calls out for her by her many aliases, but he can't locate her until she turns on her chainsaw. She saws off one arm, and he threatens her by saying he knows where she lives, he'll send her the bill. He manages to wrest the chainsaw from her on her next attack.

He runs into the elevator and heads up to the offices of Three Piece Suit Insurance to discover they've relocated. He insists that they must have left him some kind of message, but the only message he finds is a conference room full of police officers, including Sam Bradley.

He is arrested. He offers the police dirt on his former employers, claiming they're frauds who doctored case files. Sam Bradley asks him why he's here so late, then reveals that Three Piece Suit left behind the Wooden Nickel's own file which shows several counts of corporate fraud, breaking and entering, brandishing a deadly weapon, concealing weapons, and voyeurism. He picks up his own photo and asks if the Wooden Nickel has a crush on him.

In a last-ditch effort, the Wooden Nickel claims he can give them Catwoman's address, but Sam brushes him off by joking about how he's been two-timing Sam.

Selina is on a roof opposite the office building with her costume's cowl down when Slam Bradley finds her. He reveals the plan was all Sam's, though Slam did fix it so that Selina's name will never come up. They had counted on Catwoman or the Wooden Nickel leading the other to this building. Selina quips, "We're good at leading people around, aren't we?" To which Slam replies, "And each other. Yeah. We gotta start keeping an eye on that."



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  • This book was first published on February 16, 2005.
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