The “Easy Money” - not so much a slow start, I think, as a classic noir one. With the main to match. As I said in the in-lines, i would love it if his AI girlfriend is portable and participates in his adventures (hopefully) to come, not just play the role of the ‘secretray’ to a noir private eye. I liked her
A tiny nitpick, in your summary, it should be province, not Provence, I think?