Determinedly offbeat second hardcover adventure (Angels in Heaven, 1992) for geekishly tall San Fernanado Valley p.i. Vic Daniel and his part-time operatives--Sara (the punk poet), Willing Boy (her movie star boyfriend), and Benny (the scam artist). The two main cases here involve them in an Israeli hunt for aging Nazis--which turns into a bloodbath in a northern California Chinese community--and in a trek to Montreal to find William Gince, who supposedly welshed on Fats the loan shark and is now trying to outrun his goons. A subsidiary case for Daniel tackles repeated B&E's at Mobile Home Park. Throughout, there are such diversions as a longish, sophomoric poem from Daniel; riddles sprung on Daniel (some explained, some not); cutesy direct addresses to the reader; and an irritatingly mannered prose style that occasionally settles on a witty turn of phrase. Not as amusing or original as Angels, and the relentlessly peppy tone and wisecracks will lose readers fast.